Preview: Lillard and the Trail Blazers take on conference foe New Orleans


New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) gestures as he moves the ball down the court in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in New Orleans, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS — Portland Trail Blazers (13-18, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (10-21, 14th in the Western Conference)

New Orleans; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Brandon Ingram and the New Orleans Pelicans host Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers in Western Conference play Tuesday.

The Pelicans are 7-13 against Western Conference opponents. New Orleans ranks third in the Western Conference in rebounding averaging 46.7 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas paces the Pelicans with 11.9 boards.

The Trail Blazers are 7-14 in Western Conference play. Portland gives up 111.0 points to opponents and has been outscored by 2.5 points per game.

TOP PERFORMERS: Ingram is averaging 23.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists for the Pelicans. Devonte’ Graham is averaging 3.3 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

Lillard is shooting 39.8% and averaging 23.2 points for the Trail Blazers. Ben McLemore is averaging 2.4 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Portland.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 5-5, averaging 109.9 points, 48.3 rebounds, 27.0 assists, 8.1 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 45.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.6 points per game.

Trail Blazers: 3-7, averaging 104.5 points, 42.6 rebounds, 21.5 assists, 7.0 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 43.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.3 points.

INJURIES: Pelicans: Daulton Hommes: out (fibula), Kira Lewis Jr.: out for season (knee), Zion Williamson: out (foot).

Trail Blazers: Cody Zeller: out (knee), CJ McCollum: out (lung).

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