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Will Darkins
February 21, 2020 - 8:14 am
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New Orleans Pelicans (23-32, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (25-31, ninth in the Western Conference)

Portland; Friday, 10 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Portland will try to keep its five-game home win streak intact when the Trail Blazers face New Orleans.

The Trail Blazers are 15-23 in Western Conference games. Portland gives up 115.3 points to opponents and has been outscored by 1.9 points per game.

The Pelicans are 14-21 against Western Conference opponents. New Orleans is fourth in the NBA with 26.3 assists per game led by Lonzo Ball averaging 6.7.

The teams meet for the fourth time this season. The Pelicans won 138-117 in the last meeting on Feb. 11. Zion Williamson led New Orleans with 31 points, and CJ McCollum led Portland with 20 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: McCollum is second on the Trail Blazers averaging 2.7 made 3-pointers and scoring 21.3 points per game while shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc. Hassan Whiteside has averaged 12.8 rebounds and added 15.2 points per game over the last 10 games for Portland.

Jrue Holiday ranks second on the Pelicans averaging 19.3 points and is adding 4.7 rebounds. JJ Redick has averaged 2.9 made 3-pointers and scored 16.4 points over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

LAST 10 GAMES: Trail Blazers: 6-4, averaging 118.9 points, 44.8 rebounds, 21.6 assists, 5.9 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.6 points on 46.9 percent shooting.

Pelicans: 6-4, averaging 121.5 points, 50.2 rebounds, 29.7 assists, 7.9 steals and 5.9 blocks per game while shooting 48.9 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.6 points on 46.0 percent shooting.

INJURIES: Trail Blazers: Nassir Little: day to day (ankle), Rodney Hood: out for season (leg), Mario Hezonja: day to day (ankle), Jusuf Nurkic: out (leg fracture), Zach Collins: out (shoulder), Damian Lillard: out (groin).

Pelicans: Kenrich Williams: day to day (back), Brandon Ingram: day to day (ankle), Darius Miller: out (achilles).

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

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