Back on November 19th, New Orleans notched their second largest winning margin of the season to date when they knocked off Portland 115-104 in Carmelo Anthony’s first game in nearly a year’s time.
Since that loss, however, Portland has played decently, going 9-6 and moving up into the eighth spot of the Western Conference. And for those curious, Carmelo Anthony has played better than any run of the mill midseason free agent signing, posting the Blazers third-best positive plus/minus to go along with a line of 16.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks.
So yeah, that’s why Carmelo’s questionable injury status for tonight’s contest versus the Pelicans is a rather important variable.
Carmelo Anthony (left knee contusion) is questionable for Monday’s game vs. New Orleans— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) December 23, 2019
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are always a handful, but if Portland can consistently rely on a third scorer, they make for a much harder opponent — especially for a Pelicans team who were at full strength outside of Zion Williamson but still managed to lose to the Golden State Warriors last Friday.
For more on tonight’s matchup, please give Travis’ preview a read!
Where To Watch/Listen
What: New Orleans Pelicans (7-23) at Portland Trail Blazers (14-16)
Where: Moda Center
When: Monday, December 23, 2019 9:00 PM CST
How: Fox Sports New Orleans, NBAtv, NSNW