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Wednesday's matchup against the Golden State Warriors (19-16) will be the third and final meeting between the Portland Trail Blazers (19-14) and Warriors during the 2020-21 season.
The season series is tied at 1-1.
Portland and Golden State played back-to-back games on Jan. 1 and 3 with the Trail Blazers taking the first one.
The Warriors defeated the Blazers 137-122 in the most recent matchup. In the loss, Damian Lillard led the way with 32 points, four rebounds and four assists.
But it was Stephen Curry’s night. He led Golden State with a career-high 62 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists.
Heading into Wednesday’s game, the Blazers are sitting in the sixth seed in the Western Conference, while the Warriors are in the 8th spot.
Golden State has won three of its last four games.
There are no changes to the Blazers injury report for Wednesday’s contest.
Portland will once again be without Harry Giles (left calf strain), CJ McCollum (left midfoot fracture), Jusuf Nurkic (right wrist fracture) and Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture).
For the Warriors, Marquese Chriss (right syndesmosis; injury w/ fibula fracture), Alen Smailagic (G League - on assignment) and Klay Thompson (right Achilles tendon; repair) are out. Kelly Oubre Jr. (left wrist; sprain) is questionable.
Warriors Jordan Poole and Nico Mannion have been recalled from the G League and are expected to be in uniform Wednesday.
Following Monday’s game, our Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes discussed the mutual respect between Carmelo Anthony and LaMelo Ball:
Damian Lillard got some much-needed help Monday night in Moda Center. Actually, a lot of help.
And it made a big difference in the Trail Blazers’ 123-111 win over the Charlotte Hornets that featured a post-game trade.
The big news was that Portland set a franchise record by making 24 three-point field goals – and that Lillard didn’t have to make most of them. Sure, he hit six threes, but six other Trail Blazers knocked down at least one long-distance shot, as Portland connected on 24 of 46.
Robert Covington – playing perhaps his best all-around game in a Blazer uniform – made five of his seven and Carmelo Anthony hit six of his 10 attempts.
Anthony almost single-handedly kept the Hornets at bay down the stretch. Anthony had a 17-point fourth quarter, in which he hit six of his seven shots, including all five of his three-pointers.
“I liked the way Melo stuck with it -- he got off to a slow start in the first half,” Coach Terry Stotts said. “But he ended up making a lot of plays in the first half and obviously his shooting in the second half really got us over the hump.
“I always like it, no matter who it is, but when Melo gets on a roll, it's fun to watch.”
The Trail Blazers broke away from a 59-59 tie at halftime to take command of the game and snap a four-game losing streak.
Anthony’s 29 led Portland, but there were contributors up and down the boxscore.
Covington had 21 and put numbers up all over his stat line. Lillard had 23 to go with his 10 assists, Gary Trent had 17, Enes Kanter put up 11 points and 11 rebounds and Nassir Little chipped in 11 points.
The “other” Melo in the game, Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball, outscored Portland’s Melo by a point and finished the evening off with a jersey exchange.
“I try to embrace the next generation of guys and the young players,” Anthony said. “It was fun playing against him tonight. You know I've been watching him since he was in high school."
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The Blazers are +1.5 point underdogs against the Warriors, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.
Here’s what you need to know about Wednesday’s matchup --
Damian Lillard set a career-high in scoring against the Warriors on Jan. 20, 2020 when he finished with 61 points (17-37 FG, 11-20 3-PT, 16-16 FT). Lillard is averaging 29.2 points over 29 career regular-season games against Golden State, his highest average against any team.
Enes Kanter had a season-high 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field (8-10 FT), to go with 12 rebounds, one assist and one steal at Golden State on Jan. 3. His eight made free-throws were also a season-high. Kanter has scored in double-figures in six of his last nine outings against Golden State.
Stephen Curry not only recorded a career-high in scoring on Jan. 3, but his 18 FTM were also a career-best.
Andrew Wiggins had 21 points (8-16 FG, 1-5 3-PT, 4-7 FT), seven rebounds and two assists on Jan. 3. Wiggins has recorded at least 20 points in six of his last seven games against the Trail Blazers
POINT SPREAD: -- Trail Blazers: +1.5 (-110) – Warriors: -1.5 (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Wednesday, March 3
Where: Moda Center | Portland, OR
Start time: 7:00 p.m. PT
TV channel: NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers
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