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(41-26) Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans (30-40)
Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Portland -8
NBA Betting Total: 235.5
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The Blazers are 2-0 against the Pelicans this season, but this is their first time traveling to Smoothie Kings Center since being swept in the first round of last year’s playoffs as a favored No. 3 seed.
The stakes have changed quite a bit since the last time these two met in New Orleans, but one thing has not: The Blazers are favored.
This time around, we have a much better chance of seeing Portland walking away happy. Here’s why:
New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis is perpetually day-to-day. Jrue Holiday is reported out, even though his team hasn’t yet made an official announcement as of this writing. E’Twaun Moore will sit on Friday.
Things are not good in New Orleans, and they’re not getting any better with a Blazers team visiting that has looked like a top-10 unit since the All-Star break—and it might be closer to the No. 5 spot than it is the No. 10 spot.
Against the Blazers, the Pelicans somehow have to replicate what they did with their roster last year in the postseason. But that’s going to be easier said than done.
With the team likely missing Holiday and likely keeping Davis’ minutes around or under 20—not to mention the absence of Playoff Rondo and Nikola Mirotic—duplicating that blueprint seems downright impossible.
Julius Randle could end up having himself a nice game if he can take advantage of Al-Farouq Aminu in the post, but I wouldn’t count on too many positive coming out of this one if you’re the Pelicans.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers are in a spot where they can’t afford to lose games. That’s, of course, if they want to compete for a No. 3 seed with the hopes it’s not just a cursed spot for them.
Although Portland hasn’t technically clinched a playoff berth, the odds this team slips out are slim-to-none. It’s all about playoff positioning for this group.
Although we saw what we needed to see out of CJ McCollum in his last outing against the LA Clippers to believe he can be a No. 1 option in a pinch, it’s more important that this group gets better balance from top to bottom.
Jusuf Nurkic has been playing the best basketball of his career this season, and while that shouldn’t stop against whatever frontcourt the Pels trot out on Friday night, he’ll need to put together a complete performance if neither McCollum nor Lillard bust out for a national spotlight-worthy showing.
NBA Betting Trends:
- POR are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Over is 12-3-1 in POR last 16 games as a favorite.
- POR are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- NO are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 Fri. games
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction: Blazers don’t mess around.
The Pelicans are just impossible to bet on at this point. With the Blazers clutching to every win as if their playoff positioning depends on it (because it does), not to mention NOLA not even completely sure what it’s lineup will be in this one, an eight-point spread means nothing.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers ATS
Blazers get a big win here, making eight points look very conservative in the process.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 121 – New Orleans Pelicans 109
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