PORTLAND, Ore. — Carmelo Anthony is expected to make his debut with the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans, but Damian Lillard won't play because of back spasms.
Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans
Location: At Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Time: 5 p.m.
TV: NBA TV, NBC Sports Northwest
Radio: Rip City Radio 620 AM
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About the Pelicans
The Pelicans' leading scorer Brandon Ingram is listed as questionable on the injury report for Tuesday's game. Ingram is averaging 25.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists this season. ... New Orleans veteran guard Jrue Holiday is averaging 17.2 points, 7.1 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. He's played through an early season shooting slump, though, making 39.4% of his field goals and 32.2% of his 3-point attempts. ... The Pelicans rank 11th in offense this season (109.0 points per 100 possessions) and 28th in defense (112.9 points per 100). ... After losing seven of eight to start the season, New Orleans has won three of its past five games, including an impressive win against the LA Clippers.
About the Blazers
Head coach Terry Stotts said he expects Carmelo Anthony, who officially signed the Blazers on Tuesday morning, to play against the Pelicans. ESPN's Marc Spears reported that Anthony will start and play about 20 minutes in his Blazers debut. ... Blazers star guard Damian Lillard is in a mini-slump. Over the past three games, he's averaged just 14.7 points and is shooting 21.7% from the field and 18.2% from the 3-point line. On Tuesday morning, the Blazers announced Lillard will not play against the Pelicans because of back spasms ... It appears like Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum has broken out of his shooting slump. Over the past five games, he's averaging 24.6 points and shooting 50.0% from the field and 39.0% from 3. ... The Blazers rank 13th in offense (108.0 points per 100 possessions) and 21st in defense (110.4 points per 100).
Pelicans: QUESTIONABLE: Lonzo Ball (right adductor; strain), Brandon Ingram (right knee; soreness); Frank Jackson (left neck; contusion). DOUBTFUL: Jahlil Okafor (left ankle; sprain). OUT: Derrick Favors (left lower back; spasms), Josh Hart (left ankle; sprain), Darius Miller (right Achilles; surgery); Zion Williamson (right knee; scope).
Blazers: OUT: Damian Lillard (back spasms), Zach Collins (left shoulder dislocation), Jusuf Nurkic (left lower leg fracture), Pau Gasol (left foot fracture).
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