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2021 NBA Handicapping
(13-18) Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans (10-21)
Date: Tuesday, December 21st, 2021
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans LA
NBA Moneyline Odds: Trail Blazers -120 | Pelicans +100 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Trail Blazers -1 / Pelicans +1
NBA Betting Total: 219
The Portland Trail Blazers will be on the road to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, December 21st.
The tip-off is set for 8:00 ET from the Smoothie King Center.
Portland is a 1 point favorite in most spots that I have checked, but I have seen some that are a bit higher. The total has stayed right around 219.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers have had a disappointing season so far. They have yet to really hit their stride and it is getting late now, so I am not sure if they ever will.
This team has lost three of their last five games. That kind of production is just simply not going to get it done when you want to compete with the top teams in the West.
When a team does do not do well, it is not just one person that is at fault. With that said, Damian Lillard has not played up to his standards and that is costing his ball club.
Before the year started, some folks were pretty high on this team. They thought they could be a darkhorse contender out of the Western Conference.
Portland last played on Sunday, where they beat the Memphis Grizzlies by a score of 105-100. They need to be able to string together some wins in a row if they wish to gain ground in the standings.
In the win over Memphis, Damian Lillard had 32 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Norman Powell also contributed 28 points in the ball game.
New Orleans Pelicans
There has not been much positivity associated with the Pelicans this year. They have been one of the worst teams in basketball.
New Orleans has a record of 10-21, which puts them in 15th place in the Western Conference. There is a chance that they will stay at the bottom for the whole year.
Clearly, a big loss for this crew has been Zion Williamson. Other players have had to step up in his absence and that has not been the case.
New Orleans last played on December 17th, where they beat the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime by a score of 116-112. Even though their opponent was short-handed, that was still a good win for them.
Brandon Ingram has been more of a featured scorer with Zion out of the lineup. Of course, he was already a big part of the offense, but it is, even more, the case when he is the focal point now.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Trail Blazers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games.
- The Trail Blazers are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games.
- The Pelicans are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Western Conference.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Analysis:
If you are the Trail Blazers, these are games you must take advantage of. In a season where you are struggling, you need to take care of teams such as this.
Portland needs to be able to beat a short-handed Pelicans team. Losing to them without their best player would be a bad look.
As far as New Orleans goes, I do expect them to come out with plenty of energy, considering their last game was on Friday. If that is not the case, that says a lot about their ball club.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Trail Blazers ATS
Neither one of these teams has been playing all that great, so it is going to be hard to have confidence in either of them.
With that said, I like Portland in this spot. They may not crush them, but I trust that they can cover as 1 point favorites. I feel as the game goes on, their offense will be too much for the Pelicans to handle.
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