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Oladipo In vs Portland as Pacers Look to Start a Win Streak

Feb. 27, 2020 - After missing two games with a sore lower back, Victor Oladipo will play Thursday night against Portland. Oladipo and Nate McMillan discuss Tuesday's win over Charlotte and building off that momentum.

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Oladipo In vs Portland as Pacers Look to Start a Win Streak

Feb. 27, 2020 - After missing two games with a sore lower back, Victor Oladipo will play Thursday night against Portland. Oladipo and Nate McMillan discuss Tuesday's win over Charlotte and building off that momentum.
Feb 27, 2020  |  01:39

Game Preview: Pacers vs Trail Blazers

Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 8:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

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Matchup

Before embarking on a five-game road trip this weekend, the Pacers (34-24) will try to sweep a two-game homestand on Thursday night, when they host the Portland Trail Blazers (26-33) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

After a 46-point loss in Toronto on Sunday, the Pacers wiped away that embarrassment with a dominant performance on Tuesday. The Blue & Gold led by as many as 43 points in a 119-80 romp over the Charlotte Hornets.

Domantas Sabonis had 21 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists and T.J. Warren added 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting, but the most encouraging performances in Tuesday's win came from two other starters.

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Malcolm Brogdon entered the game in a prolonged shooting slump, shooting just 38.1 percent from the field and 20.5 percent from 3-point range in February, but he was efficient on Tuesday, scoring 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting (2-of-3 from beyond the arc) while also tallying six rebounds and seven assists.

Myles Turner, meanwhile, set the tone defensively. The 6-11 center blocked four shots in the opening minutes of Tuesday's contest and finished the night with eight rejections, a new career high, despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter.

The Trail Blazers are led by five-time All-Star Damian Lillard, but he will miss Thursday's game due to a groin injury that has kept him sidelined since the All-Star break. Lillard dropped 50 points on the Pacers in a 139-129 win in Portland on Jan. 26, part of an insane six-game stretch in which he also scored 61, 47, 36, 48, and 51 points.

While Lillard has been out, CJ McCollum has slid over to a lead guard role and played really well. The 6-3 sharpshooter out of Lehigh has tallied three straight double-doubles, including a 41-point, 12-assist outing in a win over the Pistons on Sunday.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Malcolm Brogdon, SG - Victor Oladipo, SF - T.J. Warren, PF - Domantas Sabonis, C - Myles Turner
Trail Blazers: PG - CJ McCollum, SG - Gary Trent Jr., SF - Trevor Ariza, PF - Carmelo Anthony, C - Hassan Whiteside

Injury Report

Pacers: Jeremy Lamb - out (torn left ACL), Edmond Sumner - out (sore left hip)

Trail Blazers: Zach Collins - out (left shoulder dislocation), Rodney Hood - out (left ruptured Achilles tendon), Damian Lillard - out (right groin strain), Jusuf Nurkic - out (left leg fracture)

Last Meeting

January 26, 2020: On a surreal night marred by the tragic news of the passing of Kobe Bryant and eight others in a helicopter crash, the Pacers lost a 139-129 shootout in Portland in the final game of a five-game Western Conference road trip.

Damian Lillard carried the Blazers to victory with a brilliant offensive performance, scoring 50 points, going 14-for-23 from the field, 8-for-12 from 3-point range, and 14-for-16 from the free throw line, and also dishing out 13 assists.

Jeremy Lamb scored a team-high 28 points for Indiana in the loss, while Domantas Sabonis collected his second career triple-double, tallying 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Noteworthy

  • With a win on Thursday, the Pacers would secure a winning record at home for the 31st consecutive season. Indiana owns the longest active streak of seasons with a winning home record in the NBA. The Phoenix Suns own the all-time record of 34 straight seasons with winning record at home from 1969-2003.
  • The Pacers have lost five straight and 10 of their last 11 games against the Blazers.
  • With 44 double-doubles this season, Pacers All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis has tied Jermaine O'Neal (2003-04) for the third-most double-doubles in a season in franchise history. Next up is Clark Kellogg, who had 47 double-doubles in the 1982-83 season. The franchise record is 49 double-doubles by Troy Murphy in the 2008-09 campaign.
  • Pacers head coach Nate McMillan served as head coach of the Trail Blazers from 2005-12, collecting 266 of his 650 career wins with Portland.

Tickets

The Pacers conclude a two-game homestand by hosting Carmelo Anthony and the Portland Trail Blazers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »

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Sign a Card for Jeremy Lamb

Show your support for Pacers guard Jeremy Lamb as he begins his recovery process. All fans can sign a digital card for Jeremy and fans at Thursday's game can also sign a physical card on the Main Concourse from when doors open at 6:30 PM until tip-off. Learn More »

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: TNT - Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst), Kristen Ledlow (sideline reporter)
Radio: 93.5/107.5 FM/1070 AM The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)
Please Note: Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on 1080 AM instead of 1070.





by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss

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