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Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans
NBA: Tuesday, November 19, Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, 8:00 PM ET
The Portland Trail Blazers lost six of seven games and were faced with the third consecutive defeat, but managed to edge the San Antonio Spurs on the road. Portland now improved to a 5-8 record and is in the 11th position in the Western Conference.
The New Orleans Pelicans recorded the second straight home victory, which is the first time of the season they got two in a row in front of their fans. The Pels beat the struggling Golden State Warriors and improved to a 4-9 record, but stayed in the 14th place in the West.
These rivals met three times in 2018-19, and Portland swept the series. All three of the Blazers' victories came by at least a 12-point margin.
The Trail Blazers overcame a 15-point deficit to defeat the SpursPortland scored even 41 points in the opening quarter against the San Antonio Spurs and also had a 23-point lead at one moment of the tilt. However, the Spurs played way better in the second half and got to a 15-point lead before the Blazers created a 10-point run to secure a 121-116 win. C.J. McCollum led Portland with 32 points, game-high seven assists, and six rebounds, while Damian Lillard added 22 points, six boards, and six dimes. Hassan Whiteside posted a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, along with game-high three blocks, while Rodney Hood contributed with 16 points. Jusuf Nurkic (leg) and Zach Collins (shoulder) are out for the Blazers.
"We've blown leads before, so we kind of know what to expect," McCollum said. "Once you do it, you've got to stay grounded, focus on the little stuff."
This season, the Trail Blazers have the 11th offense in the NBA that averages 112.8 points per game, and they are facing the Pelicans' 29th defense that allows 120.0 points per contest. The Blazers are the 10th in rebounds with 46.5 and 30th in assists with 17.8 per game.
The Pelicans allowed season-low 100 points in a win over the WarriorsNew Orleans overcame numerous injury-related problems to defeat also shorthanded Golden State in their best defensive performance of the season. The Pelicans allowed just 100 points in a 108-100 victory as they kept the visitors to only 28% from beyond the arc. J.J. Redick led New Orleans with 26 points (6/11 from downtown). Jrue Holiday had s strong display with 22 points, game-high nine assists, and eight rebounds. Rookies Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Nicolo Melli combined for 35 points and ten boards, while Jaxson Hayes recorded a double-double of ten points and ten rebounds, along with game-high three rejections. Brandon Ingram (right knee), Josh Hart (right knee, right ankle), Lonzo Ball (right adductor), and Zion Williamson (knee) are unavailable for Tuesday. Derrick Favors (lower back spasms) and Frank Jackson (left neck contusion) will be game-time decisions.
"I'm going into a game with zero expectations and agendas," Redick said. "Some nights it's your night and some nights it's not. ... I'm just going to continue to play my game -- and then they leave me open in the corner."
The Pelicans have the 7th offense in the NBA that averages 115.7 points per game, and they are facing the Blazers' 21st defense that allows 114.1 points per contest. The Pelicans are 17th in rebounds with 45.4 and 6th in assists with 26.2 per game.
The top supporting trends for this game are found on Covers.com Portland: • 0-4 ATS in their last four Tuesday games • 1-4 ATS in their last five vs. the Western Conference opponents • 1-4 ATS in their last five road games • 2-7 ATS in their last nine games playing without rest
New Orleans: • 4-1 ATS in their last five after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game • 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall • 4-1 ATS in their last five home games • 4-1 ATS in their last five vs. the Western Conference opponents
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
New Orleans is banged up and weakened because of numerous injuries, but Portland is not playing well in the second of back-to back games. The Blazers have been poor on the road recently, while the Pelicans started playing better in front of their fans. Even with all of those injuries, New Orleans have talented and young players who are eager to impress Alvin Gentry. Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Nicolo Melli, and Jaxson Hayes will likely get a lot of playing time in this one. The trio was excellent in a win over Golden State and I am backing them to continue with fine displays here. It’s going to be a close encounter, and even if Portland snatch a victory, I am going with the Pelicans to cover the spread.
Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans +3.5 (-110)
Full-Game Total Pick
These two teams don’t have strong defenses, but still, I don’t expect to see a bunch of points here. New Orleans is missing three of its top five scorers. Although other players proved they can step in and contribute offensively, the Pelicans didn’t score more than 108 points in the last two games without top performers such as Ingram, Hart, Ball, and Favors. Despite the fact that duels between these rivals are usually high-scoring, we have a tricky situation this time around. The total is set at 232.5, and I am going with Under because I believe this is a high total.
Prediction: Under 232.5 (-110)