Trail Blazers vs. Pelicans - 4/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Orleans Pelicans (40-34) at Portland Trail Blazers (48-26)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -5 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, CSNN
The New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers meet Saturday at the Moda Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans look to build on their four-game winning streak. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 99.6 points on 45.9 percent shooting and are allowing 98.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 24.6 points and 10.4 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 16.7 points and 6.5 assists. Ryan Anderson is grabbing five rebounds and Eric Gordon is dishing four assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are coming off a Friday win over the Kings in which they grabbed 50 rebounds and made 14 threes. The Pelicans have won six of their last 10 road games. All of a sudden, the Pelicans are just a half a game out of the last playoff spot in the West.
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The Portland Trail Blazers look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 102.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting and are allowing 98.3 points on 43.9 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.6 points and 10.3 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 21 points and 6.3 assists. Arron Afflalo is grabbing 2.8 rebounds and Nicolas Batum is dishing 4.8 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off a Friday win over the Lakers in which they allowed just 37.8 percent shooting. The Trail Blazers have won 10 of their last 11 games when allowing less than 100 points, and they still have a shot at the second seed in the West.
The Pelicans are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Trail Blazers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Portland and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
In a game that means so much to both teams, I'm taking the points. The Pelicans can taste that eighth seed with the Thunder stinking up the joint, and the value of the free buckets is too good to pass up.