Last Updated: 2019-03-15
The New Orleans Pelicans (30-40) will be at home in the Smoothie King Center when they meet the Portland Trail Blazers (41-26). Portland opened as an 8-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 235.5 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Free Preview
The Trail Blazers easily got past the Los Angeles Clippers in their last matchup, 125-104, easily covering as 4-point favorites. CJ McCollum was the game’s high scorer with 35 points on 12-for-21 shooting. Portland’s 0.552 effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over Los Angeles, who had a mark of 0.447. The Trail Blazers’ mark was above their season average of 0.526, while the Clippers’ was below their season average of 0.526. The two teams combined to score 229 points, which finished just under the projected point total of 231.5.
In the Pelicans’ previous outing, they were topped by the Milwaukee Bucks, 130-113, and were unable to cover as 10-point underdogs. With 14 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists, Elfrid Payton led the way for New Orleans with his second triple-double of the season. Milwaukee did a fantastic job of making free throws (24-28; 85.7 percent). New Orleans, meanwhile, held the Bucks to an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.9 (below their season average of 21.1). The two clubs collectively scored 243 points, which came in over the projected point total of 237.
It will be a battle of opposite paces as the fast-breaking Pelicans (ranked fifth in the league in possessions per game) will look to push the more methodical Trail Blazers (15th in possessions per game).
Of Portland’s 67 games, 36 have finished over the O/U total, while 37 of New Orleans’ 70 games have finished over the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Trail Blazers have a clear advantage. They are 41-26 SU and 38-29 ATS, while the Pelicans are 30-40 SU and 34-35-1 ATS.
These two teams have already met twice this season, with the Trail Blazers winning both. In the most recent game, the Pelicans lost 128-112, unable to cover as 3-point underdogs. Anthony Davis scored a game-high 27 points and also had seven rebounds. The two teams combined to put up 240 points, which was just 4.5 points above the projected point total of 235.5 points. The Trail Blazers’ 5.0 turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Pelicans, who had a rate of 11.1.
Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans Free Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Trail Blazers, ATS Winner – Trail Blazers, O/U – Over
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Portland ranks fifth in three pointers allowed per game (29.6) while New Orleans ranks 23rd (33.4).
Portland averages 47.7 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the NBA. New Orleans ranks 18th in rebounds allowed per game (45.1).
The Pelicans rank fifth in blocks per game (5.5) while the Trail Blazers rank 18th (5.0).
Portland is 17-16 ATS on the road, while New Orleans is 16-17 ATS at home.
New Orleans is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Over its last five outings, Portland is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
The Pelicans have been outscored by an average of 11.8 points in their last five games. On the season, New Orleans has scored an equal number of points as their opponents.
During their last five games, the Trail Blazers have scored an average of 120.4 points per game (6.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 116.2 points per game (5.7 above their season average).