Today marks Selection Sunday for college hoops, but it also comes with key playoff implications for the Portland Trail Blazers. With only 15 games remaining in the regular season, Portland takes on the New Orleans Pelicans.
As it stands, Portland is 13th in the West and New Orleans is 11th, but only one game separates the two teams on the fringe of the play-in. Winner tonight takes a valuable 2-1 regular season series lead with one more matchup between the teams coming on March 27. If the Blazers want any chance of avoiding a tiebreaker with New Orleans, they need a win.
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Enjoy the game and Go Blazers!
Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans - Sunday, March 12 - 4:00 p.m. PT
How to watch on TV: Root Sports Plus, NBA League Pass
Blazers injuries: Justise Winslow (out), Ibou Badji (out), John Butler Jr. (out)
UPDATE: Damian Lillard has been ruled OUT for tonight’s game.
Pelicans injuries: Zion Williamson (out), Jose Alvarado (out), E.J. Liddell (out), Brandon Ingram (out)
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