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Game 54: Brandon Ingram game-time decision, Zion Williamson to play against Portland Trail Blazers in playoff-like atmosphere

Fingers crossed!

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After missing the last contest against the Indiana Pacers, Zion Williamson, the New Orleans Pelicans super-stud rookie, is officially a go tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers. However, after missing practice yesterday, Brandon Ingram is a game-time decision as some swelling remains in his right sprained ankle. He wants to go through warmups before making a final determination on his playing status.

The key to the game will undoubtedly be Jrue Holiday’s defense on Damian Lillard. Holiday has enjoyed a lot of success in year’s past, especially during the 2017-18 playoffs, but Dame has never been in a zone like the one he is currently enjoying.

Over the last 10 games, Lillard is averaging 41.5 points, 9.4 assists and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 51.5% from three-point range — he’s been averaging over six makes from deep! Those flamethrower stats have propelled the Blazers to a 7-3 record over that span, and had referees not screwed up an obvious goal-tending call on Rudy Gobert, they could possibly be 8-2 and a game closer to the Memphis Grizzlies for 8th in the West.

For more on tonight’s matchup, please give our preview a read which highlights why this game is such an important one for the Pelicans to emerge victorious!

Geaux Pels!

Where To Watch/Listen

What: New Orleans Pelicans (22-31) vs Indiana Pacers (25-29)

Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

When: Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 7:00 PM

Watch: FOX Sports New Orleans, NBC Sports Northwest

Listen: ESPN Radio 100.3 FM