New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers Preview, Tips and Odds


The New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers will meet on Friday in NBA action at the Moda Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans need a win after splitting their last six games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.8 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 117.3 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 24.9 points and 4.2 assists, while Zion Williamson is averaging 22.1 points and 7.5 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and JJ Redick is dishing two assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won five of their last six road games.
The Portland Trail Blazers need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 113.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 115.3 points on 45 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 29.5 points and 7.9 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.3 points and 3.9 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside is the third double-digit scorer and Carmelo Anthony is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won five straight games.

New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers Head to Head

The Pelicans and the Portland Trail Blazers have played 61 games in the regular season with 28 victories for the Pelicans and 33 for the Trail Blazers. The New Orleans Pelicans attempt to complete a four-game season sweep of Portland when they visit the Trail Blazers on Friday. The Pelicans won the first three meetings by an average of 13.3 points, including a 138-117 home romp on Feb. 11, and Portland will be missing star guard Damian Lillard this time.

New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers Stats

New Orleans is allowing 117.3 points per game while Portland is allowing 115.3 points per game so I think that both teams have a great chance to score at least 120 points apiece. Each of New Orleans’ last four games have totaled at least 241 points so I can see this game following a similar trend.
The Trail Blazers have lost 31 of their first 56 games which is why them are currently in possession of ninth place in the Western Conference standings. On the bright side, Portland is still just 3.5 games back of the eight seed so it is still in the thick of the playoff hunt. However, Portland has been struggling lately as it has lost three of its last four games. Now, the Trail Blazers will be looking to get back on track in front of their home fans on Friday. Luckily, Portland has won 15 of its first 26 home games so it has looked a lot more comfortable at home up to this point.
Leading the Trail Blazers offensively is star guard Damian Lillard The Trail Blazers have lost 31 of their first 56 games which is why them are currently in possession of ninth place in the Western Conference standings. On the bright side, Portland is still just 3.5 games back of the eight seed so it is still in the thick of the playoff hunt. However, Portland has been struggling lately as it has lost three of its last four games. Now, the Trail Blazers will be looking to get back on track in front of their home fans on Friday. Luckily, Portland has won 15 of its first 26 home games so it has looked a lot more comfortable at home up to this point.
Both of these teams play virtually no defense so I think that this high total is not actually high enough. New Orleans is allowing 117.3 points per game while Portland is allowing 115.3 points per game so I think that both teams have a great chance to score at least 120 points apiece. Each of New Orleans’ last four games have totaled at least 241 points so I can see this game following a similar trend.

New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers News

Missing players Pelicans: Brandon Ingram (Ankle) is probable.
Missing players Blazers: Damian Lillard (Groin), Rodney Hood (Achilles), Jusuf Nurkic (Leg) and Zach Collins (Shoulder) are out. Mario Hezonja (Ankle) and Nassir Little (Ankle) are questionable.

New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers Odds

Spread: -4 Pelicans
O/U: 235.5

New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers Predictions

The New Orleans Pelicans just beat the Trail Blazers by 21 points before the break and were on fire offensively the last few games they’ve played overall. The Portland Trail Blazers are a veteran bunch that knows what it takes to win in the second half to lockup a potential playoff spot, but now they’re playing without Lillard on top of all the injuries they already had. The Trail Blazers just don’t have enough reliable bodies to survive the storm. I have to lay the bucket with the healthier Pelicans.

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