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Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 12/14/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans (6-17) at Portland Trail Blazers (10-15)

NBA Basketball: Monday, December 14, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN, CSNN

The New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers meet Monday night at the Moda Center.

The New Orleans Pelicans need a victory after losing six of their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 101.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 108.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 23.4 points and 10.8 rebounds while Eric Gordon is averaging 16 points and 2.7 assists. Tyreke Evans is dishing 7.2 assists and Ish Smith is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The Pelicans are allowing 39.6 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.7 turnovers per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost four straight road games. Ryan Anderson is questionable with an illness. 

Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 12/14/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Portland Trail Blazers could use a victory after losing six of their last 10 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 101.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 44 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 24.4 points and 6.9 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 19.9 points and 3.4 rebounds. Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing seven rebounds and Mason Plumlee is dishing 2.5 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.4 turnovers per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost five of their last eight home games.

The Pelicans are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Monday games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss. The Pelicans are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings. 

Until the Pelicans string together multiple solid outings, it's damn near impossible to trust them. The Trail Blazers have been impressive given their circumstances and have enough depth and offense to win this game at home against a slumping New Orleans club.

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Portland Trail Blazers -2.5

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