National Basketball Association
Portland at L.A. Lakers
When: 9:30 PM ET, Sunday, March 26, 2017
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

The Portland Trail Blazers have a great opportunity to continue their pursuit of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference when they visit the last-place Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. The Trail Blazers have won five of their last six after capping a three-game homestand with a 112-100 win over Minnesota on Saturday night.

The surge has pushed Portland to within a game of eighth-place Denver, which visits the Blazers on Tuesday. C.J. McCollum carried the load in the latest triumph with 32 points on 11-of-13 shooting and he is averaging 26.4 points while hitting 56.2 percent from the field in his last five games against the Lakers. Los Angeles also took care of the Timberwolves in overtime its last time out to snap a six-game slide. Jordan Clarkson's career-high 35 points was the difference for the Lakers, who have lost all three meetings with the Blazers this season and 11 in a row between the rivals.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, NBATV, KGW (Portland), Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles)

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (34-38): McCollum made 4-of-5 3-pointers and Damian Lillard hit 3-of-6 en route to 21 points in Saturday's win. Their efforts were the catalyst behind Portland's season-high 62.5 percent showing from the field, while Evan Turner and Al-Farouq Aminu each were 4-for-5 off the bench. Allen Crabbe chipped in a pair of 3-pointers and he has hit at least one in 14 straight games while making 30-of-63 from beyond the arc.

ABOUT THE LAKERS (21-51): Clarkson also made a career-high eight 3-pointers as he rebounded nicely from a woeful 1-for-9 shooting display three nights earlier against the Los Angeles Clippers. "He seemed to have that spark back that he's played with most of the year," coach Luke Walton told reporters. Julius Randle chipped in 23 points and 12 rebounds in the win while fellow forward Brandon Ingram sat out the fourth quarter and overtime with a knee issue that has him questionable for Sunday's tilt.


1. The Lakers' last win in the series came March 3, 2014, at home.

2. Lakers G Nick Young (illness) has missed three straight games.

3. Portland is 7-6 in the second game of a back-to-back.

PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 108, Lakers 104
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Portland 34-38 W2 19-15 15-23 3-2 31-36 8-3 21-21
L.A. Lakers 21-51 W1 13-22 8-29 0-3 21-48 5-8 11-32
Last Meeting
Portland L.A. Lakers
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/25/17 LAL 98 POR 105 105 49 47.8 98 51 39.4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Portland D. Lillard 24 40.0 7
L.A. Lakers L. Williams 31 50.0 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Portland M. Plumlee 13 2 11
L.A. Lakers I. Zubac 10 4 6
Assists Player  
Portland C. McCollum 4
L.A. Lakers L. Williams 5
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Portland D. Lillard 1933 45.2 460
L.A. Lakers J. Clarkson 1169 44.7 145
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Portland A. Aminu 419 68 351
L.A. Lakers J. Randle 616 142 474
Assists Player  
Portland D. Lillard 413
L.A. Lakers D. Russell 309
Quickchart Matchup
Portland Portland Off vs  L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers Defense
Portland Off vs L.A. Lakers - Points For 108.1 Points For
Portland Off vs L.A. Lakers - Points Against 112.3 Points Against
Portland - FG% 46.2 FG%
L.A. Lakers - FG% 48.3 FG%
Portland - Reb 43.6 Reb
L.A. Lakers - Reb 44.7 Reb
L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers Off vs  Portland Portland Defense
L.A. Lakers Off vs Portland - Points For 105.0 Points For
L.A. Lakers Off vs Portland - Points Against 109.4 Points Against
L.A. Lakers - FG% 44.8 FG%
Portland - FG% 45.4 FG%
L.A. Lakers - Reb 43.6 Reb
Portland - Reb 43.9 Reb