The Portland Trail Blazers (10-8) now sit in the seventh spot in the Western Conference ahead of Monday’s matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks (11-8), who are currently third in the Eastern Conference.
The Blazers are looking to improve their 5-3 road record as they face the Bucks following an impressive come-from-behind victory over the Bulls Saturday night led by Damian Lillard’s 44 points and game winner.
Monday, the Blazers will be without Derrick Jones Jr. (left foot sprain), CJ McCollum (left midfoot fracture), Jusuf Nurkic (right wrist fracture) and Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture).
For the Bucks, Milwaukee has listed Giannis Antetokounmpo (right knee; contusion) as probable.
Antetokounmpo leads Milwaukee with 11.4 rebounds, while also averaging 27.8 points. Over his last 10 games, Antetokounmpo is averaging 11 rebounds and 25.7 points.
The Bucks currently hold a 7-2 record at home.
Following Saturday’s game, our Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes dissected the final 8.9 seconds of Portland’s win over Chicago:
When you find your team down by five points and just 11.5 seconds to go in a game, a whole lot of things have to go right in a short amount of time in order to pull out a win in regulation time.
But the Trail Blazers did it Saturday night -- overhauling the Chicago Bulls with a near-miraculous 123-122 win behind six points by Damian Lillard in those final 8.9 ticks of the clock.
It was an incredible finish for a team that appeared on its way to blowing a 19-point third-quarter lead.
Those last seconds of the game deserve special attention.
Lillard knocked down a 27-foot three-point jumper to pull Portland within two points with 8.9 seconds to go. Then, after Chicago inbounded the ball, Gary Trent and Rodney Hood got a solid double-team on the Bulls’ Zach LaVine, who appeared to be waiting for the Portland players to foul him.
But Trent tied him up, resulting in a jump ball with 6.2 seconds showing on the clock. Still, a win is far from a guarantee with Trent going up against one of the most athletic players in the NBA.
But Trent got off the ground first, beat LaVine to the ball and tipped it toward Robert Covington, who managed to scrape the ball off the ground and shovel it to Lillard.
The rest was just your average, routine, Lillard step-back-jump-shot-for-the-win deal.
“That the whole sequence between, you know, Dame's really deep three, the aggressiveness of Gary Trent to go get the ball, the timing to win the tip against Zack Levine,” said Terry Stotts. “You know, it was special to come up with a loose ball, and then to make the shot. That whole sequence of events was quite remarkable, to say the least.”
Trent said, ‘Everybody knows LaVine’s athleticism. I was just trying to get my hands on the ball any way I possibly can.”
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The Blazers are +10 point underdogs against the Bucks, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.
Here’s what you need to know about Monday’s matchup –
- Portland and Milwaukee are each averaging 15.9 and 15.2 made three-pointers per game which is good for third and fourth in the league. They are two of just seven teams that have hit the 20+ 3PM mark multiple times this season.
- Damian Lillard scored 26 points (10-20 FG, 3-8 3-PT, 3-3 FT) to go along with three rebounds and five assists on Jan. 11, 2020, his sole outing against the Bucks last season. Lillard has finished with at least 20 points in five of his last seven games against Milwaukee.
- Carmelo Anthony averaged 18.5 points (40.6% FG, 50.0% 3-PT, 83.3% 3-PT), 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in two games against the Bucks last season. Anthony has averaged 7.3 rebounds over his 42 career games against Milwaukee, his highest average against any team.
- In two games against the Trail Blazers last season, Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 28.0 points (44.0% FG, 27.3% 3-PT, 52.9% FT), 18.0 rebounds and 10.5 assists. Portland was the only team Antetokounmpo averaged a triple-double against over the course of the 2019-20 season.
POINT SPREAD: -- Trail Blazers: +10 (-110) – Bucks: -10 (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Monday, February 1
Where: Fiserv Forum | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Start time: 5:00 p.m. PT
TV channel: NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers
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