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Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers - 3/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers (35-33) at New Orleans Pelicans (25-42)

NBA Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -2 -- Over/Under: 216 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNN, FSN

The Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Friday at the Smoothie King Center.

The Portland Trail Blazers look for a victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 104 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 103.4 points on 45 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.7 points and 6.9 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 20.7 points and 3.4 rebounds. Allen Crabbe is dishing 1.2 assists and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing six rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost six straight road games.

Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers - 3/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New Orleans Pelicans haven’t won back-to-back games since February 19-21. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 103.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 106.3 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 24.4 points and 10.4 rebounds while Ryan Anderson is averaging 16.8 points and 1.1 assists. Jrue Holiday is dishing six assists and Norris Cole is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Pelicans are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last eight home games.

The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Pelicans are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. 

I understand the Trail Blazers are coming off a game Thursday, but they're still the better team in this matchup. There's only a couple of teams I'd lay chalk with the Pelicans, and Portland isn't one of them. Besides, the Trail Blazers have to win a road game eventually, right?

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Portland Trail Blazers +2

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