Lillard and the Trail Blazers host the Nets
Brooklyn Nets (38-36, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (45-27, fourth in the Western Conference)
Portland; Monday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Damian Lillard leads Portland into a matchup with Brooklyn. He’s ninth in the NBA averaging 26.3 points per game.
The Trail Blazers have gone 28-9 at home. Portland is fourth in the Western Conference with 11.5 offensive rebounds per game, led by Jusuf Nurkic averaging 3.4.
The Nets are 17-20 on the road. Brooklyn averages 15 turnovers per game and is 18-9 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents. The Trail Blazers defeated the Nets 113-99 in their last matchup on Feb. 21. Nurkic led Portland with 27 points and Allen Crabbe paced Brooklyn scoring 17 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Lillard leads the Trail Blazers with 3.0 made 3-pointers and averages 26.3 points while shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc. Nurkic has averaged 3.5 assists and 16 points over the last 10 games for Portland.
D’Angelo Russell has shot 43.2 percent and is averaging 20.7 points for the Nets. Joe Harris has averaged 1.9 made 3-pointers and scored 12.4 points over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nets: 6-4, averaging 108.9 points, 46.6 rebounds, 22.6 assists, 8.1 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 43.5 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.7 points on 40.9 percent shooting.
Trail Blazers: 7-3, averaging 117.6 points, 46.9 rebounds, 22.9 assists, 6.6 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.7 points on 46.2 percent shooting.
Trail Blazers Injuries: CJ McCollum: out (left knee strain).
Nets Injuries: Allen Crabbe: out (knee).