Trail Blazers vs Pelicans Prediction - NBA Picks 3/12/23

New Orleans Pelicans (32-34) vs Portland Trail Blazers (31-36)

Game Info: Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans -2.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Sunday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 114.6 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 115.7 points on 48.7 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 32.1 points and 4.7 rebounds, while Anfernee Simons is averaging 21.3 points and 2.7 rebounds. Jerami Grant is the third double-digit scorer and Cam Reddish is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 114.1 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 113.4 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 26 points and 7 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.9 points and 5 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.7 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game.

The Trail Blazers are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 road games and 6-17-1 ATS in their last 24 games playing on 1 days rest. The Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Trail Blazers last 7 overall. The under is 5-0 in Pelicans last 5 overall. The Trail Blazers are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings in New Orleans.

I'm not thrilled to back either of these teams as the Portland Trail Blazers are banged up and have underachieved all year while the New Orleans Pelicans are still without Zion and have been hit or miss since his injury. The difference for me is the Pelicans are at home, where they win by an average of 4.9 points. If forced to pick, give me the Pels at home.

Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans -2.5

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