New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (11-19) at New Orleans Pelicans (8-19)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: KGW, FSN
The Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Wednesday at the Smoothie King Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers need a win in order to snap a four-game skid. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 101.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 102.7 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Al-Farouq Aminu is averaging 10.9 points and 6.9 rebounds while Allen Crabbe is averaging 10.1 points and 1.1 assists. Mason Plumlee is grabbing 8.1 rebounds and Meyers Leonard is dishing 1.6 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.5 turnovers per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost six of their last seven road games. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are doubtful.
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The New Orleans Pelicans need a big win here after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 102.3 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 108.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 23.2 points and 10.7 rebounds while Ryan Anderson is averaging 17.5 points and 1.1 assists. Tyreke Evans is dishing 6.4 assists and Ish Smith is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Pelicans are allowing 39.9 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.7 turnovers per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won four of their last six home games. Alexis Ajinca is questionable with a calf injury.
The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss. The Pelicans are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Trail Blazers are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I like this Trail Blazers team, but you can't back them with their top two scorers not playing. This game has to be New Orleans by double digits or pass.