Brooklyn hosts Portland in cross-conference matchup
Portland Trail Blazers (34-23, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (30-29, sixth in the Eastern Conference)
Brooklyn; Thursday, 7 p.m. Eastern
BOTTOM LINE: Portland and Brooklyn will face off in non-conference play.
The Nets have gone 17-13 at the Barclays Center. Brooklyn is 10-14 in games decided by 10 points or more.
The Trail Blazers are 10-15 on the road. Portland ranks third in the Western Conference with 36.3 defensive rebounds per game, led by Jusuf Nurkic averaging 6.8. The matchup Thursday is the first meeting this season for the two teams.
TOP PERFORMERS: D’Angelo Russell has averaged 20.3 points and 3.8 rebounds for the Nets. Joe Harris has averaged 14.1 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 45.3 percent over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.
Nurkic is second on the Trail Blazers averaging 15.0 points and is adding 10.2 rebounds. CJ McCollum has scored 22.8 points and totaled 4.9 rebounds while shooting 44.9 percent over the last 10 games for Portland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Trail Blazers: 6-4, averaging 117.1 points, 45 rebounds, 25.2 assists, 7.1 steals and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 48.1 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting.
Nets: 4-6, averaging 114.6 points, 46.7 rebounds, 26.6 assists, seven steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 43.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting.
Nets Injuries: Spencer Dinwiddie: out (torn right thumb ligaments).
Trail Blazers Injuries: Rodney Hood: day to day (illness), Damian Lillard: day to day (left ankle sprain).