What will Blazers' rotation look like against Pacers?
Will we see the Leonard-Collins lineup again?
Portland got back in the game against the Heat on Saturday with a rare lineup that included both Meyers Leonard and Zach Collins, who were able to spread the floor and open up the lane for the Blazers backcourt. Leonard had five points and four rebounds in 17 minutes of action. Collins played 24 minutes and finished with 13 points, four rebounds and two blocks.
Pacers roll on the road
The Pacers enter Monday’s game with a 4-2 record after picking up two-straight road wins. Last Wednesday, Indiana beat San Antonio 116-96. Victor Oladipo had a near double-double with 21 points and nine assists. On Saturday, the Pacers got past the Cavs, 119-107 (who then fired coach Tyronn Lue). As a team, the Pacers shot an impressive 64.9% from the field and 38.5% from three.
Indiana has a number of ways to score
- Six players average in double figures for Indiana, while two others average nine points a game.
- In the Pacers four victories this season, Indiana is averaging 119.5 points per game.
- The Pacers are 2-0 at home so far this season with an average margin of 24 points per game.
After hyperextending his elbow in Miami on Saturday, Damian Lillard said it was uncomfortable but he doesn’t expect it to be an ongoing issue. More updates on this after shootaround in Indianapolis Monday morning.
The Trail Blazers have, however, listed Maurice Harkless at OUT for Monday’s game with lingering soreness in his left knee. Harkless did not return to action in the second half of Saturday’s game after playing 10 minutes in the first half.
For the Pacers, Tyreke Evans’ status is day-to-day. Evan missed Saturday's game against Cleveland due to a violation of team rules. According to Pacers.com, Evans is expected to be back on Monday vs. Portland.
Blazers vs. Pacers Recent History:
Last season, the Trail Blazers took the season series 2-0. In the first meeting on October 20th, Portland beat Indiana 114-96 on the road behind CJ McCollum’s 28 points and seven rebounds.
The Blazers then won at Moda Center 100-86 on January 18th. Damian Lillard had 26 points and eight assists. Jusuf Nurkic had a big night as well with 19 points and 17 rebounds.
Portland has swept the season series with Indiana in three of the last four seasons.
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Tip-Off Time: 4:00pm
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Point Spread: Indiana -3.5
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