Trail Blazers vs Pelicans Prediction NBA Picks 3/16/24

New Orleans Pelicans (39-26) vs Portland Trail Blazers (19-47)

Game Info: Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans -14 -- Over/Under: 215.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Saturday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans prediction.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers have been in a rut as they've lost five of their last seven games overall and they will be hoping for a better performance after getting thrashed by the struggling Knicks in a 105-93 loss on Thursday. Deandre Ayton led the team with 31 points and 14 rebounds on 12 of 21 shooting, Dalano Banton added 16 points while Scoot Henderson chipped in with 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Trail Blazers shot 40 percent from the field and 11 of 33 from the 3-point line as they got off to a slow start, scoring just 16 points in the second quarter to trail by as many as 22 points, before they went on a late run to keep the final scores respectable in the end.

New Orleans Pelicans

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have been in great form as they've won five of their last six games overall and they will be eager to keep it going after outlasting the Clippers in a 112-104 home win last night. Zion Williamson led the team with 34 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Trey Murphy added 14 points, six rebounds and four assists off the bench while Brandon Ingram chipped in with 13 points and seven assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 48 percent from the field and 13 of 35 from the 3-point line as they squandered an 11-point lead when they allowed 36 points in the third quarter, but they didn't panic and made up for it in the fourth quarter as they held the Clippers to just four points in the final 4:45 to escape with the gritty home win. The Pelicans will play against the Nets after this game.

New Orleans Pelicans Player Facts

  • Herb Jones ranks 7th amongst qualified players for 3P% (43.4%) this season.
  • Zion Williamson ranks 4th amongst qualified Forwards for FG% (58.0%) this season.

Portland Trail Blazers Player Facts

  • Deandre Ayton ranks 14th amongst qualified players for FG% (57.6%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pelicans rank 1st in the league for opponent three-point percentage this season (34.6%).
  • The Pelicans rank 1st in the league for Q2 opponent points per game this season (26.4).
  • The Trail Blazers rank 30th in the league for assists per game this season (22.9).
  • The Trail Blazers rank 30th in the league for H2 points per game this season (53.0).

Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans prediction

The Trail Blazers are still severely depleted with Jerami Grant, Malcolm Brogdon and Shaedon Sharpe all ruled out, while the Pelicans are coming into this one with a full squad once again which is a real rarity in the league these days. The Trail Blazers have shown that they are still capable of pulling off the upset here and there, but they didn't look good in their last game against the Knicks and I think they will struggle against this Pelicans team who have been flying under the radar a bit lately. The line is certainly hefty for this one, but if the Pelicans can get off to a quick start, I think they will cover this one with ease in the end.

Peter’s Pick New Orleans -14

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