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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 1/12/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers (22-19) at New Orleans Pelicans (20-20)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNN, FSN

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

The Portland Trail Blazers look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 103.5 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 102.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25 points and 6.4 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.6 points and 4.2 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Shabazz Napier is dishing 2.2 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have split their last six road games.

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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 1/12/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New Orleans Pelicans need a big home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 110.6 points on 48.9 percent shooting and allowing 110.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 25.9 points and 12.4 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 25.8 points and 10.3 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last 10 home games.

The Trail Blazers are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Friday games and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The home team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings, the favorite is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the under is 9-4-1 in the last 14 meetings.

I have no idea if Anthony Davis is going to play in this game due to an ankle injury, but the Portland Trail Blazers and the points is where the value is at anyway. The Trail Blazers have played better on the road than at home this season, and they've covered 10 of their last 13 road games. Lillard is back and Napier has thrived when given more minutes, giving Portland a needed boost offensively. The Pelicans continue to be hit or miss this season and have covered just one of their last six games. Give me the more consistent squad and the free bucket.

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