The Portland Trail Blazers (22-19) will travel to Smoothie King Center to meet the New Orleans Pelicans (20-20). The game begins at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, January 12, 2018.
Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans Betting Odds
Both teams lost in their last matchup. The Pelicans lost a winnable game to the Memphis Grizzlies, 105-102, while the Trail Blazers were beaten by the Houston Rockets, 121-112.
Portland did a great job of getting and making free throws (23-32; 71.9 percent) while New Orleans held Memphis to an effective field goal percentage of 0.449 (below their season average of 0.504). DeMarcus Cousins led the way for New Orleans, finishing with 29 points and eight rebounds. Portland, meanwhile, received a boost from Damian Lillard, who had 29 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, this will be a matchup of two heavyweights. The sweet-shooting New Orleans offense ranks third in the NBA in that metric at 0.554, while the top-notch Portland defense is ranked fourth in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.502).
Vegas tends to set the total high when the Trail Blazers are involved, as 26 of their 41 games have finished under the O/U total. Portland heads into the contest with records of 22-19 straight up (SU) and 19-18-4 against the spread (ATS).
Unlike Portland, games involving the Pelicans tend to go over the O/U total (57.5 percent). Additionally, New Orleans owns records of 20-20 SU and 21-19 ATS.
CJ McCollum has taken his game to another level recently for Portland, averaging 24.6 points, 6.4 assists and 1.2 steals over the last five games.
The Pelicans evened the season series at one with a 123-116 win in their most recent matchup. Lillard was a top player in the game with 29 points, eight assists and five rebounds. New Orleans did a terrific job of getting and making free throws (18-25; 72.0 percent). Portland, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (4.4 vs. 10.2). The two teams combined to put up 239 points, which was well over the projected point total of 211.5, and New Orleans covered as an 8-point underdog.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Odds Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Trail Blazers, ATS Winner – Trail Blazers, O/U – Over
The Trail Blazers average 44.6 rebounds per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. The Pelicans rank 17th in rebounds allowed per game (43.5).
New Orleans ranks second in assists per game (26.4) while Portland ranks last (18.8).
The Pelicans rank second in points in the paint per game (50.3) while the Trail Blazers rank 21st (42.1).
Portland ranks 14th in steals allowed per game (7.7) while New Orleans ranks 27th (8.7).
Portland ranks 13th in second chance points per game (12.5) while New Orleans ranks 22nd in second chance points allowed per game (13.2).
The Trail Blazers rank second in three pointers allowed per game (25.9) while the Pelicans rank 25th (30.5).
The Pelicans rank 11th in blocks per game (5.0) while the Trail Blazers rank 23rd in blocks allowed per game (5.3).
Portland ranks fifth in fast break points allowed per game (9.8) while New Orleans ranks 27th (13.8).
In games where they hold opponents under 100 points, New Orleans is 7-0 and Portland is 14-4.
When scoring over 100 points, the Trail Blazers are 17-9 and the Pelicans are 18-14.
New Orleans is 9-10 ATS at home, while Portland is 13-7-1 ATS on the road.
The total has gone under in 12 of the Trail Blazers’ 21 road games, while 13 of the Pelicans’ 19 home games have gone over.
The Trail Blazers are 2-2-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Pelicans are 1-4.
In their last five games, Portland has 4 overs and 1 under, while New Orleans has 4 unders and 1 over.
During their last five games, the Trail Blazers have scored an average of 112.0 points per game (8.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 110.6 points per game (8.2 above their season average).
The Pelicans’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 2.0, up from 0.3 for the season.