Portland Trail Blazers (33-22, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (36-19, third in the Western Conference)
Oklahoma City; Monday, 8 p.m. Eastern
BOTTOM LINE: Paul George leads Oklahoma City into a matchup with Portland. He ranks fourth in the NBA scoring 28.3 points per game.
The Thunder are 20-14 in Western Conference games. Oklahoma City is third in the Western Conference scoring 115.2 points and shooting 46.2 percent.
The Trail Blazers are 4-7 in division play. Portland is third in the Western Conference with 36.4 defensive rebounds per game, led by Jusuf Nurkic averaging 6.7. The Thunder won the last meeting between these two teams 123-114 on Jan. 22. George led Oklahoma City to the win with a 36-point performance.
TOP PERFORMERS: Russell Westbrook leads the Thunder with 11.2 assists and scores 21.2 points. George has averaged 7.7 rebounds and added 35.4 points per game over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City.
Damian Lillard has averaged 26.2 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. Evan Turner has averaged 4.1 assists and scored five points over the last 10 games for Portland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Trail Blazers: 7-3, averaging 118.8 points, 45 rebounds, 26.8 assists, 6.9 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 49.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.1 points on 46.6 percent shooting.
Thunder: 9-1, averaging 122.9 points, 47.6 rebounds, 26.1 assists, ten steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 49.5 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting.
Thunder Injuries: Andre Roberson: out (knee), Jerami Grant: out (ankle).
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