The Portland Trail Blazers will not only be without Damian Lillard Thursday night at New Orleans but Jusuf Nurkic, Shaedon Sharpe and Keon Johnson will also miss the game.
However, Jerami Grant is in after originally being listed as questionable with a left ankle sprain.
Projected starting lineup: Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, Justise Winslow, Grant and Drew Eubanks.
Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said before the game that the medical staff determined it would be best for Lillard to sit out given that the team played Wednesday at Charlotte and Monday at Miami. Playing a back-to-back and three games in four days, Billups said, didn’t appear to the franchise to be the wise move.
Be sure to check back later during the game for live updates:
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS AT NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
What: Trail Blazers (8-3) at Pelicans (6-5), 5 p.m., Thursday.
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans.
Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM).
TV channel: Root Sports Plus (in Portland: Comcast 1253, DirecTV 687-1).
Watch the game live online: You can watch this game live for FREE with fuboTV (free trial). You can also get this game on DirecTV Stream’s “CHOICE” package (promotional offers), if you are out of fuboTV trials, or simply prefer that platform and their pricing plans. If you already have a cable or satellite provider that carries Root Sports and want to watch online, you can watch this game live on Root Sports Live.
Moneyline: POR +310 | NOP – 380
Spread: POR +9 | Over/Under: 222
Blazers: F Jerami Grant (left ankle sprain) is available. G Shaedon Sharpe (right finger sprain), C Jusuf Nurkic (right adductor soreness,), G Damian Lillard (calf injury management), G Keon Johnson (hip pointer), G Gary Payton II (core muscle surgery recovery) and C Olivier Sarr (right wrist sprain) are out.
Pelicans: F Larry Nance Jr. (knee hyperextension) is questionable G Kira Lewis Jr., (ACL recovery) and E.J. Liddell (ACL Injury) are out.
The Blazers play the final game of their six-game trip at 5:30 p.m., Saturday at Dallas.
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