High-scoring Pacers host struggling Blazers

The Indiana Pacers boast the league’s top offense, but coach Rick Carlisle knows his squad needs to improve on the defensive end in order to make a lengthy postseason run. The Pacers’ ongoing journey to become a complete squad continues on Monday when they face the visiting Portland Trail Blazers in Indianapolis. All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton averages 25.4 points and 12.1 assists to lead Indiana, which is scoring a league-high 128.8 points per game.

As Bucks host Blazers, Damian Lillard ready to face former team

Damian Lillard will be up against an awfully familiar foe when the Milwaukee Bucks face the visiting Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday afternoon. Lillard spent the first 11 seasons of his career with Portland, appearing in 769 games before being shipped to Milwaukee in late September as part of a three-team deal that shook up the NBA landscape. The Trail Blazers received Jrue Holiday, a 2029 first-round pick and two first-round pick swaps (2028, 2030)

Trail Blazers aim to snap 8-game skid in rematch vs. Jazz

The Trail Blazers haven’t won a game since Nov. 3 while the Utah Jazz’s last triumph came eight days ago against Portland. The two struggling Western Conference teams will meet up Wednesday night in Portland, one night after taking their lumps on the road against more-talented squads. The Trail Blazers lost 120-107 to the Phoenix Suns for their eighth consecutive setback and 11th in 14 games this season. Utah took a much more severe beating

Devin Booker, Suns aim to stay hot vs. lowly Trail Blazers

Devin Booker returned to the lineup, and the Phoenix Suns sprang to life and won three straight games. The Suns will try to make it four on Tuesday when they host the Portland Trail Blazers, a squad that has lost seven consecutive games. The contest is also an NBA in-season tournament game. Phoenix is 1-1 and in third place in West Group A, while the Trail Blazers are 1-2 and in fourth place. Booker has

Thunder, led by dynamic duo, seek another win over Blazers

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chet Holmgren have the potential to develop into one of the NBA’s top tandems. Then again, the two Oklahoma City players already are mixing pretty well just 13 games into Holmgren’s NBA career. Gilgeous-Alexander and Holmgren are coming off an epic outing in which they combined for 76 points. The Thunder will seek their fifth straight victory when they visit the hapless Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night. Gilgeous-Alexander recorded 40 points,

Lakers look to bounce back against Trail Blazers

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers earlier this week without LeBron James. Five nights later, James is expected to be in the lineup when the Lakers visit the Trail Blazers in the NBA in-season tournament matchup. James sat out against Portland due to his left calf injury but is listed as questionable for the rematch. The Lakers won 116-100 as Anthony Davis recorded 30 points and 13 rebounds. In between, James played

Cavaliers take on reeling Blazers in search of consistency

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been highly inconsistent in the early portion of this season and star guard Donovan Mitchell is frustrated by the pattern. Mitchell and the Cavaliers will look to shake out of the slumber on Wednesday night when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers. Cleveland is 1-2 as it enters the finale of a four-game road trip. The middle game of the excursion saw the Cavaliers impressively beat the Golden State Warriors 118-110

Trail Blazers, Jazz seek solace from in-season tournament game

The Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz are both off to sluggish starts. But one of the teams is about to be 2-0 in the NBA’s new in-season tournament when the Trail Blazers and Jazz battle Tuesday night in Salt Lake City. The winner of the contest is assured of at least being tied atop West Group A. Utah and Portland each defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in their first tournament games. The Los Angeles Lakers

Kings try to recover from road trip, return home to face Blazers

One team that has played its best basketball on the road and another that hasn’t won since the last time it was at home will find themselves in their favorite place when the Portland Trail Blazers visit the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Both teams are coming off losses — the Trail Blazers fell 112-100 at home against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, while the Kings dropped a 122-97 decision at Houston on Monday. The