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Portland Trail Blazers

What to watch on NBA League Pass from March 25-March 31

From March 25-March 31, 21 games are set to air on national TV, but there are a number of other can't-miss games throughout the week that can only be found on NBA League Pass.

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From this week's team to watch to the biggest matchups throughout the week, check below for the week ahead on NBA League Pass.

All times Eastern.

Team to watch: Portland Trail Blazers

Monday, March 25 vs. Brooklyn, 10 p.m. (NBA TV Canada) | Wednesday, March 27 at Chicago, 8 p.m. | Friday, March 29 at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. | Saturday, March 30 at Detroit, 7 p.m.

The Trail Blazers entered the week as one of the league's hottest teams, winning six of their last seven games including three straight to come within one game of clinching a playoff berth for the sixth consecutive season.

Even more impressive is the fact that Portland's three wins last week came with prolific guard C.J. McCollum sidelined due to a knee injury. All-Star guard Damian Lillard has stepped up in the absence of his backcourt mate, averaging 30.3 points and 12.0 assists during the three-game week, including a 30-point, 15-assist performance in a win over the Pacers.

While the bad taste of the 2018 postseason still lingers, this Portland team is continuously showing why things will be different this time around. In addition to being on the cusp of solidifying their spot in the playoffs, the Blazers began the week five wins away from their first 50-win season since LaMarcus Aldridge signed with San Antonio in 2015; they take the floor four times this week.

In the seven games played from March 9-March 23, Lillard averaged 26.7 points, 9.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds while big man Jusuf Nurkic put up 16.4 points and 10.9 rebounds per game and sharpshooter Seth Curry averaged 13.1 points off the bench on 42.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Since that span began on March 9, Portland is averaging 118.0 points per game and has posted the league's best Offensive Rating (118.3). With a Defensive Rating of 110.3, the Blazers' Net Rating of 8.0 is the fourth-best in the league over the same span.

In an overtime win over the Nets Monday night, however, the Blazers were dealt a devastating blow as Nurkic suffered a gruesome leg injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs.

How will they respond?

Midseason acquisition Enes Kanter along with second-year big man Zach Collins and veteran big man Meyers Leonard will be looked upon to step up as the season winds down. In his first 15 games since signing with Portland, Kanter has averaged 10.4 points and 7.1 rebounds in a reserve role while the 21-year-old Collins has shown tremendous upside in his sophomore campaign.

The Blazers continue the week by heading East, beginning with a trip to Chicago to take on the Bulls. They close the week with a back-to-back that begins in Atlanta on Friday and concludes Saturday night in Detroit.

Catch all of this action and more this week on NBA League Pass!

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