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2019-2020 NBA Regular Season
(23-32) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers (25-31)
Date: Tuesday, February 21st
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, OR
NBA Moneyline Odds: Portland +130/ New Orleans -150
NBA Betting Odds: Portland +1.5 / New Orleans – 1.5
NBA Betting Total: 235.5
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Teams vying for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference will come down to the wire. It will likely be a 6 team race.
The Trail Blazers and the Pelicans are in that mix and this game will be an important one. Both teams have been playing well recently.
Damian Lillard has been in fine offensive form and if the rest of the Trail Blazers can come together; they have a shot at the 8th spot.
The Trail Blazers are 4 games behind the 8th places Memphis Grizzlies.
Lillard did tweak his knee before the All- Start and his return is necessary for the Blazers to advance to the playoffs.
Zion Williamson’s first ten games in the NBA have been as expected. He is strength, size, and athleticism have been disruptive even for season veterans.
New Orleans has a shot at the 8th spot but it won’t come easy. Winning games against fellow playoff contenders like the Trail Blazers are a must.
Can this young team with little experience win this one, still remains to be seen?
Portland Trail Blazers
It is still not known when Damian Lillard will return. He has had a career season but the Blazers have struggled this season.
The Western Conference has become tougher than it already is with the emergence of the Mavericks and Luca Doncic.
The Blazers made the conference finals last season but with few changes in the offseason, the Blazers are looking outdated.
CJ McCollum is a solid player and number two to Lillard. He will need to take the lead with Lillard out.
He has that ability and it will need to show against the Pelicans. The Pelicans are young but with Zion, in the lineup, they are a different team.
The Blazers lost all three of their meeting with the Pelicans this season. Without Lillard, it might be a season sweep.
New Orleans Pelicans
Zion’s presence in the Pelicans lineup reignited this team. He had a huge game against the Blazers in their last meeting.
He dominated the Blazers frontcourt and outshot Lillard on offense. Jrue Holiday and Lonzo Ball came up big against the Blazers in the backcourt.
Portland just does not match up well against the Pelicans. Zion will create a lot of mismatches against the Blazer’s frontcourt and will likely control the boards.
The Pelicans backcourt will relish the attention Zion gets, which will free them up to more open shots.
Holiday and Ball should have big games again especially if Lillard is not in the lineup. The Pelicans might have a slight edge in this game.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction: Pelicans
This could still be a close game but without Lillard in the Portland lineup, the Pelicans frontcourt should be able to contain McCollum. Expect Zion to have another big game.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans -1.5
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