2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
49-33, 1st in Northwest
Stephen A.: Lillard's been 'completely shut down' (2:00)
Lillard expects more from himself (0:45)
Pelicans win again on the road (1:23)
Lillard drains tough 3-pointer (0:27)
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2dKevin Pelton

Holiday party: Pelicans hold off Blazers, go up 2-0

Jrue Holiday and the Pelicans entered the playoffs as underdogs, but they haven't acted like it. Now they head home up 2-0 in their series against the Blazers.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Portland Trail Blazers small forward Evan Turner is questionable to return to tonight's Game 2 vs. New Orleans with a right toe contusion. Turner's backup, Maurice Harkless, is returning from knee surgery tonight and has played limited minutes.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Blazers C Jusuf Nurkic has left game 2 with 8:31 left in the third quarter. Nurkic collided with New Orleans C Anthony Davis sending Davis sprawling across the floor and over the baseline. But it was Nurkic who seems to have gotten the worst of it. Will update when the severity of the injury becomes available.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Portland has found two answers to a Pelicans defense geared to smother guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Both guards have targeted center Jusuf Nurkic who has made good on his vow to attack the rim after being particularly passive in game 1. Nurkic has 11 points on 12 attempts. And Portland has also fed the hot hand: Al-Farouq Aminu has converted 4 from deep to lead Portland with 12 points. Portland 59-54 at the break.

Lillard's nice pass leads to Davis' dunk (0:20)
Harkless blocks at one end, dunks at other (0:16)

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Portland Trail Blazers are six-point favorites on the morning of Game 2 of their series with the New Orleans Pelicans, a larger spread than the five points by which they were favored entering their Game 1 home loss. The increase in the spread can be attributed to the zig-zag theory, which is based on the tendency for teams that lose Game 1 at home to play much better in Game 2. In best-of-7 series since 1984, home teams that lose Game 1 have won Game 2 78.5 percent of the time -- far better than the .740 win percentage for all home teams in Game 1.


Reactions to playoff opening weekend

Andrew Han, Dave McMenamin, Kevin Pelton and Royce Young talk about the first weekend of playoff action with the Cavs losing (1:10), the Thunder's win over the Jazz (16:45), the Pelicans surprising win in Portland (29:40) and overreactions/underreactions to the first weekend of the playoffs (36:05).

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Injured New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins recently relocated back to his off-season home of Las Vegas to continue his six-day per week rehabilitation regimen from his torn Achilles' tendon injury, a source told ESPN's The Undefeated. The four-time NBA All-Star hopes to attend an upcoming Pelicans playoff game, but the source said such is difficult due to his rehab.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

I was skeptical when Portland Trail Blazers players and coaches insisted after their Game 1 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans that they'd simply missed good shot attempts, but Second Spectrum tracking data backed up that belief. The Blazers' quantified shot quality (qSQ) of 54.9 percent -- the effective field-goal percentage we'd expect given the location and type of their shots and nearby defenders -- was the best any team had in Saturday's Game 1s. Even when we account for who was shooting using quantified shot probability (qSP), only the Golden State Warriors (56.0 percent) got better looks than Portland (55.3 percent). That's good news for the Blazers because I've found that shot making tends to be more variable from game to game than shot quality.

Pelicans hold on to take Game 1 (1:36)
Holiday rises up for block to seal win (0:27)

Team Stats

Points Per Game105.616th
Rebounds Per Game45.5Tied-3rd
Assists Per Game19.530th
Points Allowed103.05th

Team History