It’s been a week since the Indiana Pacers snapped a five-game losing streak and since then, they’ve won five of their last six games. They are currently on a three-game winning streak but they will be tested as they go up against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oregon, who are looking for their second straight victory. This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will battle each other this season.
They have played each other a grand total of 87 times in the past as the Trail Blazers won 53 games while the Pacers won only 34 games. The last time they saw each other was back on October 20 when the Trail Blazers handed the Pacers a 114 to 96 loss. C.J. McCollum finished that game with 28 points, 7 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block while Victor Oladipo had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block. T.J. Leaf also had 17 points, along with 4 rebounds and one assist.
Glenn Robinson (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Myles Turner (elbow; 13.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Ben Moore (G-League)
Portland Trail Blazers:
C.J. Wilcox (knee)
Maurice Harkless (coach’s decision; 5.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.5 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Jake Layman (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 29.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Meyers Leonard (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 60.8 FG%, 46.7 3P%)
Noah Vonleh (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Wade Baldwin (G-League)
Caleb Swanigan (G-League; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 35.7 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
During the first half of the game, things will be held close as the Pacers shot forty-seven percent from the field while the Trail Blazers ended up shooting forty-one percent. Victor Oladipo scored 11 points as he was able to record four defensive rebounds, one assist, and one block. Former Kings’ guard Darren Collison chalked up nine points while draining a three-pointer late in the first quarter. Thaddeus Young earned six points as he collected three rebounds while Bojan Bogdanovic also had six points. Cory Joseph played 12 minutes off of the bench but only scored two points.
As for the home team, Jusuf Nurkic posted up 12 points while pulling down 12 rebounds and committing two steals. Al-Farouq Aminu contributed with nine points to put along with his four rebounds, two assists, and one block. C.J. McCollum had eight points which contained two three-pointers in the first quarter. Damian Lillard also scored eight points of his own while recording two defensive rebounds, four assists, and one block. Shabazz Napier played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to five points as the Oregon team held onto a 52-47 lead going into halftime.
The Trail Blazers closed things out in the second half with a 48-39 run, shooting thirty-eight percent from the field. Lillard got hot for 18 points as he continued to add to his scoring total, drilling two three-pointers in the process. McCollum helped him out with eight points while Nurkic had seven points and five rebounds. Aminu contributed with a three-pointer and five defensive rebounds while Evan Turner was held scoreless. Napier played 14 minutes off of the bench as he scored eight points.
Darren Collison scored 14 points while hitting four three-pointers in the process. Oladipo helped out with 12 points but it was still the Portland Trail Blazers who snapped the Pacers’ three-game winning streak, 100-86. Damian Lillard finished the game with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and one block while Victor Oladipo had 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. Darren Collison also had 23 points, along with 3 assists and one steal.
The Indiana Pacers will visit California to battle Kyle Kuzma (16.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.9 APG, 46 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (15-29) on Friday at 10:30 p.m. This meeting will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other this season. The Pacers and the Lakers have played each other a total of 92 times as the Pacers pulled 30 wins while the Lakers won 62 games.
The Portland Trail Blazers will host Harrison Barnes (18.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, 46 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at 10:00 p.m. This will be the first of three times that these two ball clubs will battle each other this season. They have played each other a grand total of 170 times in the past as the Portland team won 91 games while the Mavericks ended up winning 79 games.