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Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 11/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans (5-3) at Portland Trail Blazers (7-3)

NBA Basketball: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -3 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trailblazers may be shorthanded tonight when they host the New Orleans Pelicans.

The New Orleans Pelicans started the season a little slowly, but have since won four or their last five including a 139-91 blowout against the Timberwolves on Friday. Jrue Holiday scored 24 points and nine assits while Anthony Davis added 22 points as the Pelicans blew out the Timberwolves in an absolute laugher. Playing against a shorthanded Wolves team, the Pelicans shot an incredible 66.7 percent from the field and 15 of 20 from the three-point line to lead by 80-44 points at halftime before cruising the rest of the way. Obviously, there won't be many nights like this one because there aren't many teams as bad as the Wolves, but at the end of the day, the Pelicans improve to 5-3 overall and 4-1 at home.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 11/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Trailblazers have won six of their last seven games and are looking to make it five straight after taking down the Nets by 97-87 on Saturday. In the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum, Damian Lillard stepped up big time and had himself 28 points and 10 assists while Chris Kaman added 12 points off the bench. However, it was an all-round team effort as the Blazers just jumped all over the Nets right from the tipoff and led from start to finish. With the win, Portland improves to 7-3 on the season and 6-1 at home.

In ATS trends, the Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team above .600 and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a win, while the Blazers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win.

Head to head, the Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Portland and 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings overall.

The Blazers will still be sweating on the availability of Aldridge and Batum (as are the bookies), but my play is still the Blazers.

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Portland Trail Blazers -3

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