Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans - 4/7/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans - 4/7/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (35-44) vs Portland Trail Blazers (27-52)

Game Info: Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans -16 -- Over/Under: 222 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Thursday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. The Portland Trail Blazers look to snap an eight-game losing streak. The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after winning six of their last nine games.

The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 107.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 115.1 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Anfernee Simons is averaging 17.3 points and 2.6 rebounds, while Josh Hart is averaging 14.5 points and 4 assists. Brandon Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Justise Winslow is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 108.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 46.7 percent shooting. CJ McCollum is averaging 25.9 points and 4.8 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Devonte’ Graham is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game.

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The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Pelicans are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The under is 6-2 in Trail Blazers last 8 overall. The under is 5-1 in Pelicans last 6 overall. The Trail Blazers are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in New Orleans.

As Ive said time and time again, the Portland Trail Blazers are fielding the worst roster in the league and are getting rocked whenever they take the court. The Trail Blazers are losing their last five games by an average of 11.4 points, they lose on the road by an average of 11.3 points, and they lose in the underdog role by an average of 12.6 points. The New Orleans Pelicans aren't a team I'm thrilled to lay big chalk with and this is a lot of points to eat, but backing the Trail Blazers isn't much of an option these days. It's Pels or pass for me.

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans -16

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