- Damian Lillard scored 43 points and issued a career-high 16 assists during Portland’s win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday..
- The Blazers have won six straight games and 8 out of their last 10 overall.
- Lillard is currently listed at +2500 in SportsBetting.ag’s current MVP oddsboard.
We’ve seen it before and we’ve seen it time and again. But we never get tired of watching Damian Lillard deliver Dame Time.
DOES ANYONE HAVE THE TIME pic.twitter.com/6HdDUx4q6b
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) February 18, 2021
The Portland Trail Blazers’ guard is one of the best clutch performers in the NBA and his recent exploits have not only put his team in the thick of the playoff hunt but he’s also strengthened his case to join the MVP race.
Lillard scored 43 points, and issued a career high 16 assists against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night, leading the Portland Trail Blazers to their 6th straight win, 126-124. Dame scored the go-ahead and-1 basket to seal Portland’s 18th win of the season.
That shot gave Lillard his 25th tying or go-ahead basket in the final 20 seconds of the game, the most by any player since 2012. He also joined Oscar Robertson and James Harden as the only players in NBA history to score 43+ points and dish off 16+ assists in a non-overtime game. Dame also joined Clyde Drexler as the only players in Blazers history to post 40+ points and 15+ assists in a single game.
Since the Blazers lost both Jusuf Nurkic and C.J. McCollum 14 games ago, Lillard has averaged 35.6 points and 8.6 assists per game with shooting splits of 46/39/93%. The Blazers have gone 9-5 during that span and they have the 5th best record in the entire league. If that’s not impressive enough for you, wait till you see Dame’s last three games:
DAMIAN LILLARD’S LAST 3 GAMES ????
43 PTS, 16 AST, 7 3PT*
31 PTS, 10 AST, 7 REB
34 PTS, 11 AST, 5 3PT
* Joins Clyde Drexler as the only Blazers with 40 PTS & 15 AST in a game.
Check out his best & most clutch shots over his last 3 gamespic.twitter.com/X6PQJw66vu
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) February 18, 2021
He leads the league in clutch shooting with 82 total points on 24-38 shooting or 63.2% including 10-17 from behind the three-point arc 58.8% and 24-24 or 100% from the free throw line. But it’s not just Dame Time in Portland. It’s also time for Lillard to enter the MVP conversation.
Here are the #NBA MVP odds from @SportsBettingAG : pic.twitter.com/BNnsxV8ifZ
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) February 16, 2021
According to the best NBA betting sites, Dame is currently hovering between 7th to 8th in the latest NBA MVP oddsboards. MyBookie.ag currently has the Blazers’ guard at 7th at +2200 while he is 8th at SportsBetting.ag at +2500. FanDuel has moved Lillard from 25/1 to 20/1 in its latest MVP board overnight after his 43-point game against the Pelicans. The other betting sites are expected to do the same soon.
Many thought that the Blazers would struggle with the injuries to starters Jusuf Nurkic and C.J. McCollum. However, instead of folding, Portland has gone 8-2 in their last 10 games played and have taken 4th place in the Western Conference team standings with an 18-10 record.
Lillard won last season’s Bubble MVP when he averaged 37.6 points per game during their eight seeding games while helping the Blazers make the playoffs via the NBA’s first play-in tournament. He’s putting up similar numbers during Portland’s current six-game winning streak. If he keeps up this pace and Portland continues to win despite their injury woes, look out for Lillard in the MVP race.