New Orleans Pelicans (1-2) at Portland Trail Blazers (2-1)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -5 -- Over/Under: 221.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Moda Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans look to get back to a .500 record with their second road win of the season. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 110 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 114.3 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 31.7 points and 17.3 rebounds while DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 28.3 points and 11.7 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and Ian Clark is dishing two assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.7 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost five of their last seven road games.
The Portland Trail Blazers look to get off to a fast 3-1 start when they play their home opener. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 1116points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 95 points on 42.5 percent shooting. CJ McCollum is averaging 27 points and five rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 23.7 points and 5.3 assists. Evan Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing eight rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 48.6 percent from beyond the arc and 82.5 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 28.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won eight of their last nine home games.
The Pelicans are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Tuesday games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Trail Blazers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 16-6-1 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Portland, the home team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the under is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings.
The Portland Trail Blazers have looked really sharp out of the gate, especially for a team that played without McCollum in their season opener and had three straight road games to start the year. The Trail Blazers have also been a far better home team over the years and kind of have that Golden State impact, as when those deep balls drop, the Moda Center can really cave in on the road team. The New Orleans Pelicans have been better than expected and are scoring at a high pace, but my concern is the lack of defense we're seeing. Portland will light the Pelicans on fire if that contiues. I'll take the home team and the reasonable number.