Trail Blazers vs Pelicans NBA Betting Lines & Game Preview.

Trail Blazers vs Pelicans NBA Betting Lines & Game Preview

Written by on March 15, 2019

While the New Orleans Pelicans are playing out the string, the Portland Trail Blazers are trying to finish as high as third in the Western Conference standings. The Blazers look for the season sweep of the Pelicans on Friday night and are favored to do so on the NBA betting lines.

How to Bet Trail Blazers vs Pelicans NBA Betting Lines & Game Info

Season Series

Portland tries for the three-game sweep, winning the first two each by double digits. Damian Lillard has averaged 25.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.0 steals vs. the Pels this year. Jusuf Nurkic has averaged 17.5 points on .591 shooting from the field, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.0 blocks. Al-Farouq Aminu has averaged 16.0 points while shooting .455 from three-point range, to go with 9.0 rebounds. CJ McCollum has averaged 14.0 points on .500 shooting from the field, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals. In one game against Portland (1/28), Anthony Davis recorded 27 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and one block. Julius Randle has averaged 24.0 points on .531 shooting from the floor, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in two games.

Alvin Gentry is 13-27 (.325) all-time against the Trail Blazers. Terry Stotts is 19-14 (.575) all-time against the Pelicans.

Why Bet on Portland?

The Blazers won their second in a row Tuesday, 125-104 at the Clippers. C.J. McCollum hit 12-of-21 shots and six 3-pointers for 35 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 35 minutes. CJM went off for 23 points in the fourth quarter and only missed one shot during that stanza. He was also 4-of-4 from downtown in the fourth.

McCollum — who has six games this season where he has scored 35 points or more — took control of the game during the fourth as the Trail Blazers broke things open with a 21-5 run. Portland led 95-94 with 8:50 remaining before going on a 15-3 spurt that included 13 straight points by McCollum, including three 3-pointers. Three of McCollum’s four best games against the Clippers have come this season. The sixth-year guard is averaging 25.8 points against the Clippers this season as the Blazers took three of four.

Damian Lillard hit 8-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for 20 points, three rebounds, 12 assists and two steals in Tuesday’s win. Jusuf Nurkic hit 6-of-14 shots and 8-of-9 free throws for 20 points, 12 rebounds and two assists. He’s averaging 15.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks over his last five games. Enes Kanter played well off the bench with 14 points, nine rebounds, a steal, and a block. Evan Turner returned from a personal absence and had two points, two rebounds, and one assist in 10 minutes.

Seth Curry is third in the NBA in three-point percentage (45.1%) and is shooting the second-highest three-point percentage in franchise history for a player with more than 50 three-pointers made (Tracy Murray, 1993-94, 45.9%). Portland is 13-0 when Curry scores in double figures this season.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 114.03
  • Field Goal Percentage: 46.53
  • Three-Point Percentage: 35.87
  • Free Throw Percentage: 81.63
  • Total Rebounds: 47.73

Defense

  • Total Score: 110.49
  • Field Goal Percentage: 45.60
  • Three-Point Percentage: 36.44
  • Free Throw Percentage: 76.72
  • Total Rebounds: 43.19

Why Bet on New Orleans?

Tanking New Orleans lost it’s fourth straight on Tuesday, 130-113 to Milwaukee – all four losses have been by at least 10 points. The Pelicans took 107 shots but made just 46 while the Bucks made 48 of 97. The Pelicans took a franchise-record 47 3-pointers but made just 10, which the Bucks matched in 11 fewer attempts. The Bucks led by eight at halftime and took control in the third quarter. Brogdon scored nine points as Milwaukee began the period on a 28-14 run to take an 84-62 lead midway through the quarter.

Trail Blazers vs Pelicans is going to be a battle.

Elfrid Payton posted his second consecutive triple-double, scoring 14 points with 15 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, one block and two triples in 34 minutes. That’s a career-high in rebounds as Payton continues to step up in the absence of Jrue Holiday (lower abdominal strain). In his last three games without Holiday, Payton is averaging 14.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 9.0 assists. He is the first New Orleans player to have a triple-double in consecutive games since Chris Paul in 2008.

Anthony Davis finished 9-of-16 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line for 21 points in 21 minutes. He grabbed 12 rebounds with two assists, two blocks and one triple but continues to play only 20-23 minutes per night and not in the fourth quarter.Holiday and E’Twaun Moore (Left Quadriceps Contusion) remain out. In the two meetings vs. Portland this season, Holiday has averaged 18.5 points on .500 shooting from the floor, 8.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals. Moore has averaged 18.0 points on .619 shooting from the field, including .750 from deep. So the Blazers won’t miss those two!

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 115.59
  • Field Goal Percentage: 47.55
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.52
  • Free Throw Percentage: 76.39
  • Total Rebounds: 47.09

Defense

  • Total Score: 115.59
  • Field Goal Percentage: 46.61
  • Three-Point Percentage: 36.13
  • Free Throw Percentage: 75.58
  • Total Rebounds: 45.13

Trail Blazers vs Pelicans NBA Betting Trends

  • Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings
  • Favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings
  • Home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings
  • Portland is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Portland is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Portland’s last 7 games on the road
  • New Orleans is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Portland
  • New Orleans is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans’s last 6 games at home

Expert Final Score Prediction for Trail Blazers vs Pelicans

Blazers 119, Pelicans 116