New Orleans Pelicans (0-0) at Portland Trail Blazers (0-0

NBA Playoffs Game 1: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 10:30 pm ET

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The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -5 — Over/Under: 216

FREE NBA PICK NEW ORLEANS PELICANS VS PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

New Orleans Pelicans:

The New Orleans Pelicans have played an incredible season going into the playoffs with a 48-34 record. Not to mention they have been on fire winning their last five consecutive games. The Pelicans sit at number three in the league in scoring defense and that was apparent during their last 122-98 win against the San Antonio Spurs. Anthony Davis has been averaging 28.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks per game for the last two months. He put up 22 points and 15 rebounds during the game on Wednesday. His chemistry with top scorer DeMarcus Cousins helped shine the light on his talents this season. It seemed as if they could read each other’s minds out on the court. Cousins averaged 25.2 points per game and 12.9 rebounds this season before leaving for surgery on his Achilles back in January. Point Guard Jrue Holiday has stepped up and adds 19 points per game. He will be a major player tonight as he tries to contain Damian Lillard.

Portland Trail Blazers:

The Portland Trail Blazers are having a similar season to the Pelicans with a 49-33 record placing them as the third best in the West. Although they have had a rocky month thus far they bounced back on Wednesday with their 102-93 win versus the Utah Jazz. Damian Lillard scored 36 points and 10 assists during the game. Lillard has scored 26.9 points per game, 4.5 RPG, and 6.6 assists per game this season. He has strengthened the team offensively and defensively this year. CJ McCollum added 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists in a matter of 35 minutes. He is currently averaging 21.4 points per game and 3.4 assists this season.

FREE NBA PICK PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS VS NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

This game is going to be a lively one. Both of these teams are great and have been pretty consistent as of lately. They are tied 2-2 in their last four games versus each other. Overall, the Trail Blazers are better defensively, but the Pelicans are better offensively. It is a close game, but I am sticking with my Trail Blazers!

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PELICANS

Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in their last five games

Pelicans are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in Portland

TRAIL BLAZERS

Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games

Trail Blazers are 10-21 ATS in their last 31 Saturday games

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Pick: Trail Blazers

 

A final Stotts quote that neatly sums up what happened to Blazers against #Pelicans in Game 3: "“They whooped our ass. They beat us in every facet of the game: loose balls, rebounds, free-throw line, energy plays, three-pointers in transition … you name it and they did it.”

Portland's Terry Stotts on the confounding nature of many of his team's mistakes vs. #Pelicans: "The turnovers were some turnovers I haven’t seen. They were a little mind boggling. We had some bad turnovers."

Rondo on Game 4 for #Pelicans: "Closeout games are the hardest. That's what I'm going to try to explain to these guys. The first three might have been tough, but this last one is going to be very tough."

Rajon Rondo with @995WRNO postgame radio on #Pelicans being rewarded for major effort and hustle: "That's what we take pride in. We've won the 50-50 balls all series. (As a result) the basketball gods are looking out for us, as far as (shots going in on offense)."

One key stat from series: Trail Blazers are 33/102 from three-point range through three games. #Pelicans have taken 27 fewer treys, but only have two less makes (NOLA is 31/75 from the arc)

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Starting at 2 p.m. you can come pick up a #RipCity yard sign on the north and south lawns at the Rose Quarter. Just take one of ours off the lawn, put it on your own.

Much respect to @portugaltheman for repping #RipCity to the absolute fullest during their set at @coachella

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