Portland Trail Blazers (49-36) at New Orleans Pelicans (51-34)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -6.5 -- Over/Under: 216 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and the Portland Trailblazers duke it out in Game 4 at the Moda Center on Saturday night.
The New Orleans Pelicans will be looking to complete a sweep after making light work of the Trailblazers in a 119-102 win in Game 3 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Nikola Mirotic led the team in scoring with a career playoff-best 30 points on 12 of 15 shooting, Anthony Davis added 28 points with 11 rebounds, Rajon Rondo scored 16 points with 11 assists while Jrue Holiday chipped in with 16 points and seven assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 53 percent from the field and 11 of 27 from the three-point line which was more than enough to get the win after the Pelicans stormed out of the gates to lead by as many as 18 points late in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers are still looking to make their mark in this series but they’ll have to do better than they did in Game 3. CJ McCollum led the team with 22 points on nine of 16 shooting, while Al-Farouq Aminu added 21 points and eight rebounds, but the Trailblazers needed much more from Damian Lillard who scored just 20 points on five of 14 shooting while committing eight turnovers. As a team, the Trailblazers shot 46 percent from the field and nine of 31 from the three-point line but they could never find their footing in the game after the Pelicans dominated the first quarter by 36-20. Jusuf Nurkic has been disappointing in this series and he scored just five points in Game 3 while Lillard has been completely outplayed by the Pelicans’ Holiday who has outscored him by 70-55 so far this series.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 8-0 ATS in their last eight games overall. Meanwhile, the Trailblazers are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 4-2 ATS in the last six meetings, the under is 5-3-1 in the last nine meetings and the Trailblazers are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings.
The Trailblazers headed into the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the league but they haven’t been able to match it with the Pelicans who are now just one win away from advancing to the second round. The Trailblazers’ strength all season has been their backcourt duo of Lillard and McCollum but they’ve been completely outplayed by the Pelicans’ backcourt duo of Rondo and Holiday. With the season on the line, I’m expecting Lillard to bounce back with a big game here but I don’t think it will be enough as the Pelicans should be too good at home where they are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games.