The Portland Trail Blazers are looking to go 2-0 to start their four-game California road trip.
After Portland’s 115-107 win over the Lakers Monday, the Blazers had a day to practice in L.A. before taking on the Clippers on Wednesday.
The Clippers are coming off a 124-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night. L.A. will be without Marcus Morris Sr. (right knee; soreness), while Kawhi Leonard (mouth; laceration) is questionable for Wednesday's contest.
As for Portland, Carmelo Anthony made the trip to L.A. after missing Monday's game against the Lakers due to Health and Safety Protocols. Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said that Melo will "most likely" play Wednesday.
The Trail Blazers have also listed Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture) and Nassir Little (Health and Safety Protocols) as out for Wednesday's game.
Portland also announced Wednesday morning that Collins underwent revision surgery Wednesday to repair a left medial malleolus stress fracture. He is out indefinitely and his status will be updated accordingly.
Our Trail Blazers Insider, Dwight Jaynes believes the win over the Lakers could do a lot for this Blazers team as it showcased Robert Covington and Derrick Jones Jr.’s defense:
After a dismal exhibition season and a so-so first two regular-season games, Portland marched into the Staples Center Monday night and handed the Lakers a 115-107 defeat.
And even though the statistics lied about this game, it was the Trail Blazers’ defense -- and some red-hot shooting off the bench from Gary Trent -- that made the difference in this one.
The Lakers shot better than Portland overall and from the three-point line. And Los Angeles got and made more free throws...
It was a win that should have some juice to it for the Blazers, who stay in Los Angeles to meet the Clippers Wednesday night.
“Hopefully, we can build on it,” Stotts said. “We realize we can be a good team. We just beat the defending champs and they’re a great team.”
Read more from Dwight here.
The Blazers are a +4 underdog against the Clippers, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.
Here’s what you need to know about the Blazers and Clippers matchup --
- This will be the first of three games between the two teams this season. The second two matchups will be during the second half of the season.
- LAST SEASON: The Clippers swept the season series against the Trail Blazers in 2019-20, 3-0.
- CJ McCollum averaged 23.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists in three games against the Clippers in 2019-20. He has scored 20-plus points in five straight games against LA. In that span, he has shot 51.5% from the field (52-101 FG) and 42.5% from the three-point line (17-40 3-PT) while averaging 26.6 points.
- Damian Lillard averaged 20.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists in three games against the Clippers last season. Lillard has made at least three three-pointers in five of his last seven games against the Clippers. He has shot 22-of-62 from deep in that span.
- Gary Trent Jr. scored 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting to go with one assist and one steal against the Clippers on Aug. 8 last season.
- In two games against the Trail Blazers last season, Paul George averaged 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals.
- Kawhi Leonard averaged 19.0 points,11.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.50 steals and 1.0 blocks in two games against the Trail Blazers last season.
POINT SPREAD: -- Trail Blazers: +4 (-110) – Clippers -4 (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Wednesday, December 30
Where: Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA
Start time: 7:00 p.m. PT
TV channel: NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers
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