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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/30/13

Portland Trail Blazers (24-6) at New Orleans Pelicans (13-15)

NBA Basketball: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm (New Orleans Arena)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +3.5 -- Over/Under: 211 See the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers head to New Orleans on Monday to face off against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The New Orleans Pelicans are playing some solid ball this season, as the Pelicans are sitting at 13-15, and have a solid home record of 8-5.  The Pelicans are still below the .500 mark, but are in the hunt for the playoffs, which is a huge positive for this team.  The Pelicans are coming off a tough loss to the Rockets on Saturday in Houston, where the Pelicans fell to the Rockets 107-98.  The Pelicans have struggled on the defensive end of the court this season, and on Saturday, New Orleans had no answer for the Rockets and their high powered offensive attack.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/30/13

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The Portland Trail Blazers are one of the hottest teams in the league this season as the Trail Blazers are sitting at 24-6 on the year.  Portland is coming off a tough loss on Saturday of their own, falling to the Miami Heat 108-107 on their home floor.  The Trail Blazers have been dominant offensively this season, putting up 108.6 points per game on average, but the defense has struggled, and that is ultimately what did them in on Saturday against Miami.  Still, the Trail Blazers have won three out of their last five, as they prepare for this two game road stretch.

Portland is 8-0-1 against the spread in their last nine games on Monday nights, and the Trail Blazers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games following an outright loss.  The Trail Blazers are also 8-2 against the spread in their last ten games against a team with a losing record.

The Pelicans are 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four games overall, and the Pelicans are 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four games against the Western Conference.  New Orleans however, is just 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six against teams with a winning record on the year.

I have to take the over in this spot.  Neither the Trail Blazers, nor the Pelicans play much defense, and with both teams looking for wins, look for both the Pelicans and the Trail Blazers to pick up the tempo, which should keep the scoreboard lighting up.

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Over 211

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