At 7:00 ET, the Pelicans (-1175) will host the Trail Blazers (+720) in a Western Conference matchup. The over/under line for this game is 212.5 points.

Portland is currently 14th in the Western Conference with a record of 19-47. New Orleans is 5th in the West and has a record of 40-26.

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS VS NEW ORLEANS PELICANS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Portland Trail Blazers +13.5

This game will be played at Smoothie King Center at 7:00 ET on Saturday, March 16th.

WHY BET THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 113-106 in favor of the Pelicans.
  • Our projections have Zion Williamson finishing with Zion Williamson points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Pelicans finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.0% and knocking down 14 threes.

Can the Trail Blazers Grab a Win on the Road?

In Western Conference play, the Trail Blazers are 8-35 and 19-47 overall. This puts them in 14th place in the West and 5th in the Northwest Division.

On the road, Portland is 17-14 ATS this season, and they have covered the spread in five straight road games. As the underdog, they are 30-29 ATS this season.

Currently, the Trail Blazers have an average scoring differential of -9.9 points per game on the road. Their ATS record on the road is 17-14.

The Blazers have lost three straight games to the under, and today’s O/U line of 212.5 is lower than 61 of their previous games. On average, their games have finished with 223.4 points.

In their last game, the Trail Blazers lost to the Knicks by a score of 105-93. Portland was a 12-point underdog going into the game, and the O/U line was 203.

This season, the Trail Blazers are 28th in the NBA in scoring at 107.7 points per game. They have scored 106.7 points per game on the road, which is 29th in the league.

Portland has outscored the NBA scoring average in just 27.3% of their games this season. They have also failed to reach the league average in 72.7% of their games.

So far, the Trail Blazers have scored below their season average in each of their last three games. On the season, they are 19th in pace at 97.7 possessions per game.

On defense, the Trail Blazers come into the game ranked 17th in the league in points allowed at 115.7 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 109.3 points per contest (3rd). When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Trail Blazers squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 57.9% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 35.1% from downtown.

Will the Pelicans Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

In the Western Conference, the Pelicans are currently in 5th place with a record of 40-26. This is good for 1st place in the Southwest Division.

New Orleans has gone 36-29 against the spread this season, including an 18-14 record at home and 18-15 on the road. As the favorite, they are 21-19 ATS and 27-14 overall.

On average, the Pelicans’ games have finished with 227.1 points per game, which is higher than today’s O/U line of 212.5. This season, their games have averaged an O/U line of 229.3.

The Pelicans’ last game finished with a scoring total of 216 points, which was well below the O/U line of 218.5. New Orleans won the game by a score of 112-104 and covered the spread as 7-point favorites.

The Pelicans have hit the under in four straight games and have an O/U record of 28-38 for the season.

This season, the Pelicans have been one of the more efficient offenses in the league, ranking 8th in field goal percentage and 10th in true shooting percentage. They are also 5th in three-point shooting at 38% but have attempted the 23rd most threes in the league.

When playing at home, the Pelicans are averaging 116.3 points per game, which is 15th in the league. Overall, they are 13th in scoring at 116 PPG.

In terms of pace, the Pelicans are 17th in the league at 97.8 possessions per game. They have also outscored the NBA scoring average in 54.5% of their games this season.

Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans’ defense is giving up an average of 111.1 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Pelicans squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 55.0% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 34.6% from downtown.