Portland visits New Orleans on 3-game road slide

April 6, 2022 GMT

Portland Trail Blazers (27-52, 13th in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (35-44, ninth in the Western Conference)

New Orleans; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Portland will look to end its three-game road losing streak when the Trail Blazers take on New Orleans.

The Pelicans are 24-25 in Western Conference games. New Orleans is 22-28 in games decided by at least 10 points.

The Trail Blazers are 11-38 in conference matchups. Portland is 11-38 in games decided by at least 10 points.

The teams meet for the third time this season. The Pelicans won 117-107 in the last meeting on March 31. CJ McCollum led the Pelicans with 25 points, and Drew Eubanks led the Trail Blazers with 21 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 17.9 points and 11.6 rebounds for the Pelicans. McCollum is averaging 2.4 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

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Anfernee Simons is scoring 17.3 points per game with 2.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the Trail Blazers. Ben McLemore is averaging 17.3 points and 1.9 rebounds while shooting 44.2% over the last 10 games for Portland.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 7-3, averaging 114.3 points, 46.0 rebounds, 23.7 assists, 9.9 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 47.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.9 points per game.

Trail Blazers: 1-9, averaging 105.2 points, 42.0 rebounds, 24.3 assists, 10.3 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 43.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 120.9 points.

INJURIES: Pelicans: Kira Lewis Jr.: out for season (knee), Zion Williamson: out (foot), Jonas Valanciunas: day to day (ankle).

Trail Blazers: Nassir Little: out for season (shoulder), Josh Hart: out (knee), Jusuf Nurkic: out for season (foot), Damian Lillard: out for season (abdominal), Trendon Watford: out (knee), Eric Bledsoe: out for season (achilles), Brandon Williams: day to day (quad), Anfernee Simons: out for season (knee), Joe Ingles: out for season (knee), Justise Winslow: out (calf).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.