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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 3/15/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans
Date & Time Friday March 15, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans, LA
The Line
The Line: New Orleans +7.5 -- Over/Under 235
TV Channel
NSNW, FSNO
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NBA | Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans
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The Portland Trailblazers and the New Orleans Pelicans duke it out at the Smoothie King Center on Friday night.

The Portland Trailblazers have been playing well lately as they’ve won eight of their last 11 games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after blowing past the Clippers in a 125-104 road win on Tuesday. CJ McCollum drained six 3-pointers on his way to 35 points, Damian Lillard added 20 points with 12 assists while Jusuf Nurkic chipped in with 20 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Trailblazers shot 49 percent from the field and 12 of 31 from the 3-point line as they fell into a hole in the first quarter before exploding in the fourth quarter where they outscored the Clippers by 40-20. With the win, Portland improved to 41-26 overall and 16-17 on the road.

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have lost six of their past nine games and they will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after falling to the Bucks in a 130-113 home loss on Tuesday. Julius Randle led the team with 23 points and four assists, Anthony Davis added 21 points with 12 rebounds in just 21 minutes of action while Elfrid Payton racked up a triple-double of 14 points with 15 rebounds and 11 assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 43 percent from the field and 10 of 47 from the 3-point line as they kept up with the Bucks until the third quarter where they allowed 45 points. With the loss, New Orleans fell to 30-40 overall and 18-15 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Trailblazers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games, 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a win and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Pelicans are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a loss of more than 10 points, 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 against a team above .600 and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.

Head to head, the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings, the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings and the Trailblazers are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in New Orleans.

The Trailblazers have been in great form lately and they looked as good as ever in that fourth quarter against the Clippers on Tuesday. The Pelicans are just looking to play out the rest of the season at this stage and it must be frustrating to be in the contest until Davis gets benched after just 21 minutes of playing time. The Trailblazers are just 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in New Orleans, but they’ve been on fire lately and should be good enough to get past a Pelicans team who likely won't have Davis on the court in crunch time.

Pick:
Portland -7.5

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