Two Western Conference teams with opposite goals for the season currently are clashing, when the New Orleans Pelicans (30-40), who have lost any playoff hopes and want to end their current losing streak, are hosting the Portland Trail Blazers (41-26), who are looking to extend their current winning streak with hopes for a better placement among the top-8.
Date/Time: 03-15-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: New Orleans Pelicans +7.5
New Orleans Pelicans have a 30-40 record (33-36-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in 12th place of the West. They have four consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Bucks with a 113-130 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 26.5 ppg, adding 4 dimes and a team high 12.2 boards per game. He is followed by Jrue Holiday with 21.2 ppg, 5 boards and a team high 7.7 dimes per game.
Portland Trail Blazers have a 41-26 record (38-29 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Clippers with a 125-104 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 26 ppg, adding 4.5 boards and a team high 6.5 dimes per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 21.4 ppg and 4 boards per game.
Blazers have won both previous meetings against the Blazers this season, both at home and by an average of 14.5 points. Pelicans have a 18-15 home record, while the Blazers are 16-17 on the road. Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 115.6 ppg to Blazers’ 114, while Blazers are better defensively, allowing 110.5 ppg to Pelicans’ 115.6. Pelicans have a better field goal percentage (47.6% to 46.5%) and Blazers have a better 3-point percentage (35.9% to 34.5%). Blazers are better both in boards grabbed (47.7 to 47.1) and in turnovers committed (13.6 to 14.2), while Pelicans are better in dimes made (26.9 to 22.8). Blazers are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -7.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win.
Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -7.5 (-108)
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