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(21-24) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers (27-19)
Date: Friday, January 18
Time: 10:30PM EST
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers -3
NBA Betting Total: 233.5
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Friday, January 18 finds the New Orleans Pelicans facing the. Portland Trail Blazers as they meet for the second time in the 2018-19 regular season. In their last game on Wednesday, the Pelicans lost a high scoring affair to the Warriors. Meanwhile, the Blazers, who also played Wednesday pounced on the Cavaliers for an easy victory.
Last season, the teams split the season series while Portland took the initial meeting this season. The Blazers hold the all-time record having bested the Pelicans in 31 of their 56 matches.
New Orleans Pelicans
Examining the statistics from the Pelicans last game it seems odd they came in a loss. Anthony Davis scored 30 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.
Nikola Mirotic scored 29 points while Jrue Holiday put up a healthy stat line of 25 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds.
Even Elfrid Payton looked to make a difference as he delivered 7 points, 12 key assists, and 5 rebounds. Unfortunately, these stellar performances came against the Warriors who are sizzling at the moment.
After functioning for the better part of the first half with copious injuries the Pelicans are finally fully healthy.
Portland Trail Blazers
All five starters scored in double-digits in the Blazers beat down of the Cavaliers. Jusuf Nurkic recorded a well balanced 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists triple-double.
Damian Lillard led the way with 33 points and CJ McCollum pitched in with 19 points.
Portland won every quarter in the easy victory. The Blazers bring their ninth ranked offense and 15th ranked defense to the court.
Caleb Swanigan (right knee injury) is questionable for play Friday against the Pelicans. Maurice Harkless (left knee injury) has missed the last five games and is uncertain to play versus the Pelicans on Friday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pelicans are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Over is 7-3 in Pelicans last 10 games as a road underdog.
- Blazers are 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 home games.
- Under is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings in Portland.
- Favorite is 13-5 ATS in the last 18 meetings.
- Pelicans are 7-3 in last 10 head to head contests
- Pelicans are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The over-under is 6-4 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
The Pelicans have won four of the last six games which could be a direct result of the team finally getting healthy as Elfrid Payton and Nikola Mirotic returned to the court.
This fact shouldn’t be overlooked as each of those players frees up Davis and Holiday to have more freedom on the court and make a bigger impact.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: take the Pelicans and the points
Jusuf Nurkic has been performing arguably at his best since becoming a Blazer but handling Davis is going to be a massive challenge especially with Mirotic and Julius Randle also in the mix.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Pelicans 125 – Blazers 123
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