Portland; Monday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Damian Lillard leads Portland into a matchup against Houston. He currently ranks fourth in the league averaging 28.6 points per game.
The Trail Blazers have gone 20-18 against Western Conference teams. Portland is fifth in the Western Conference in rebounding averaging 44.7 rebounds. Enes Kanter leads the Trail Blazers with 11.2 boards.
The Rockets are 10-29 against Western Conference opponents. Houston averages 14.7 turnovers per game and is 8-24 when winning the turnover battle.
The two teams square off for the third time this season. The Rockets defeated the Trail Blazers 104-101 in their last meeting on Jan. 28. Victor Oladipo led Houston with 25 points, and Lillard paced Portland scoring 30 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Lillard is shooting 44.4% and averaging 28.6 points. Jusuf Nurkic is shooting 55.4% and averaging 15.1 points over the last 10 games for Portland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Trail Blazers: 7-3, averaging 124.6 points, 49.7 rebounds, 24.6 assists, 6.4 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 47.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113 points on 45.2% shooting.
Rockets: 1-9, averaging 110.7 points, 44 rebounds, 24.3 assists, 8.1 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 44.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 123.5 points on 50.5% shooting.
Rockets: Avery Bradley: out (personal), Kelly Olynyk: day to day (ankle), D.J. Wilson: out (health and safety protocols), Dante Exum: out (calf), Kevin Porter Jr.: out (ankle), David Nwaba: out (wrist), Sterling Brown: out (knee), Jae’Sean Tate: day to day (knee), John Wall: out for season (hamstring), Eric Gordon: out (groin), Christian Wood: out (ankle).