Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans - 2/17/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans - 2/17/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (12-15) vs Portland Trail Blazers (17-10)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans -3.5 -- Over/Under: 230 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.

The Portland Trail Blazers look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 115.5 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 115.2 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 29.2 points and 7.3 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 26.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Gary Trent Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Carmelo Anthony is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 82.6 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after splitting their last six games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 113.2 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 114.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 24.4 points and 6.8 rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 24 points and 5.4 rebounds. Lonzo Ball is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Bledsoe is dishing 3.6 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 39 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game.

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The Trail Blazers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite. The over is 7-2 in Trail Blazers last 9 overall. The over is 18-3 in Pelicans last 21 overall. The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The Portland Trail Blazers are a banged up basketball team and playing on the end of back to backs usually kills in these situations. However, the New Orleans Pelicans continue to be disappointing and I'm not going to get fooled by a few wins here and there. The Trail Blazers are playing the better basketball and are now 10-4 against the spread on the road. As long as Lillard plays, I'll gladly take the free bucket in a game the Trail Blazers can win outright. 

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Randy’s Pick Portland Trail Blazers +3.5

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