Will Damian Lillard Play Tonight? Portland Trail Blazers vs Indiana Pacers: Injury News, Lineup and Prediction

Published 01/14/2021, 4:00 PM EST
Dec 26, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) drives to the basket under pressure from shooting guard Sterling Brown (0) during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports


The Portland Trail Blazers take on the Indiana Pacers in an inter-conference match up. The Trail Blazers have been excellent so far and are on a four-game winning streak. They currently sit 7-4 in the Western Conference and have gotten some big wins over major contenders in the NBA, such as the Lakers and the Warriors.

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The Pacers have the exact same record, with 7-4 in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers are coming off a strong showing against the Golden State Warriors after defeating them in their own home. What makes the win even more impressive was how many players they were missing.

And now, the Pacers will be making a new addition to their team in Caris LeVert, who replaces Victor Oladipo, who will now go to Houston. This all comes off the back of a blockbuster trade that led James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets.

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With all that in mind, take a look at what the Pacers’ game against the Blazers might look like.

Portland Trail Blazers – Team News

Jan 5, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots against Chicago Bulls guard Garrett Temple (17) during the second half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers have all of their key players. They are only missing Zach Collins, who is out with an injury. CJ McCollum has been playing at an MVP level this season and scoring at an excellent rate. Damian Lillard is yet to perform at his best but is still playing great basketball.

The Blazers are a strong dark-horse team looking for their fifth straight win.

Predicted Lineup: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Robert Covington, Derrick Jones Jr., Jusuf Nurkic

Indiana Pacers – Team News

Dec 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) celebrates his game winning shot and a foul in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Pacers are missing a lot of their players. TJ Warren is out and so is T. J. McConnell. Now that Victor Oladipo is gone, Caris LeVert will take his place, but it will be a while before he is seen on the court. However, players like Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner are still fit and playing at a high level.

Predicted Lineup: Malcolm Brogdon, Edmond Sumner, Justin Holiday, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner

Portland Trail Blazers vs Indiana Pacers – Prediction

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Dec 26, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum (3) attempts to shoot as Houston Rockets power forward P.J. Tucker (17) defends during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Both teams are coming off of wins from their previous games. However, the Blazers are on a hot streak right now, winning their previous four games. The Blazers will be confident of beating the Pacers, with most of their team fit to play. However, the Pacers can cause an upset, as they showed against the Golden State Warriors.

Prediction: The Trailblazers get win number five, thanks to Dame Dolla showing up.

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Who will win the game between Portland and Indiana? Can the Pacers spark an upset against the Trail Blazers? A lot rides on the shoulders of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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