New Orleans Pelicans (4-3) at Portland Trail Blazers (5-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 1, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -4 -- Over/Under: 232.5
The New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers meet Thursday in NBA action at the Moda Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans could use a victory here that would snap a three-game losing streak. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 122.5 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 118.8 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 27.3 points and 13.3 rebounds while Nikola Mirotic is averaging 22.7 points and 9.5 rebounds. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and Jrue Holiday is dishing 7.8 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.3 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost two of their three road games this season.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for their third home win of the season to build on their impressive 6-2 start. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 117 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 117.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 29.6 points and six assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 19.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Zach Collins is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 87.9 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won 14 of their last 17 regular season home games.
The Pelicans are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games, 21-7-1 ATS in their last 29 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Portland, 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the favorite is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings.
The Portland Trail Blazers are catching the Pelicans on the end of a back to back and have been playing solid basketball so far with a balanced offense that doesn't rely just on their star backcourt. You also know the Trail Blazers will be up for this game after them getting swept by the Pleicans in last years playoffs. Portland has to put its foot down in this game. I'll lay the pair of buckets.