In this battle between two teams fighting for a place in the top-8 of the West, the Portland Trail Blazers (25-31), who are 4 games behind the 8th place, are hosting the New Orleans Pelicans (23-32), who are 6½ games behind. Both teams are looking to bounce back tonight after their previous defeats.
Date/Time: 02-21-2020, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers +4
Portland Trail Blazers have a 25-31 record (23-31-2 against the spread) and are sitting in the 9th place of the West. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Grizzlies with a 104-111 score, not beating the odds. Damian Lillard with leads the team both in scoring 29.5 ppg and in assists made with 7.9 per game, adding 4.4 rebounds per game but he is out with an injury. CJ McCollum follows with 21.3 ppg, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
New Orleans Pelicans have a 23-32 record (28-25-2 against the spread) and are sitting in the 11th place of the West. In their last game they saw a three-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Thunder with a 118-123 score, not beating the odds. Brandon Ingram leads the team in scoring with 24.9 ppg, adding 6.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. Zion Williamson follows with 22.1 ppg, adding 7.5 rebounds per game.
Pelicans have won all three previous meetings against the Blazers this season, winning the only road game by 8 points. Blazers are 15-11 at home, while the Pelicans are 12-15 on the road. Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 115.8 ppg to Blazers’ 113.4, while Blazers are better defensively, allowing 115.3 ppg to Pelicans’ 117.3. Both teams have similar percentages both in field goals (46% to 45.6%) and in 3-pointers (37.3% to 37%). Pelicans are better both in rebounding (46.6 to 45.8) and in assists made (26.3 to 20), while Blazers are better in turnovers committed (12.9 to 16). Bookmakers give the Pelicans a -4 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win against a Blazers team missing their star player.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Portland Trail Blazers Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -4 (-109)
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