New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/20/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (20-6) at New Orleans Pelicans (13-12)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -6 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trailblazers travel to the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans tonight.
The Portland Trailblazers have won nine of their last 11 games and are going for a fifth straight overall after taking down the Spurs by 129-119 last night in triple overtime. Wesley Matthews had a rough night of just 16 points on 5 of 19 shooting, while LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 32 points and 16 rebounds, but when it came to overtime, the Blazers turned to Damian Lillard who scored a career-high 43 points, including 16 after regulation. The Spurs were missing a couple of stars in Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, but this was still a massive win for the Blazers who are now an impressive 21-6 on the season and 9-4 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans haven't been quite as good this season but are definitely going through a bit of a purple patch in form, winning five of their last seven overall including a 99-90 win over the Rockets in their last outing. On Thursday, Anthony Davis led from the front with his usual monster line of 30 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, while Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday added 16 points apiece, but they actually won the game on their defense which held the Rockets to 38.4 percent shooting, including just 8 for 23 shooting from James Harden. With the win, New Orleans improves to 13-12 overall and 5-9 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight against a team with a winning record but just 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall, while the Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last four against a team with a winning record and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the Blazers are 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings overall and the Over is 5-1 in the last six.
The Blazers are coming off a triple overtime victory so there's no doubt that they should be a little tired come the fourth quarter of this one, but I'm still not brave enough to bet against Lillard and Aldridge in the form that they've been in lately.