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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers

New Orleans Pelicans (22-31) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (25-29)

NBA: Thursday, February 21st, 2020 (Moda Center)

Spread: New Orleans Pelicans (-2.5) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (+2.5) O/U: 225

Free NBA Expert Pick: Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Two squads battling for a place in the top-8 of the Western Conference are clashing today, when the tenth New Orleans Pelicans (22-31) are hosting the ninth Portland Trail Blazers (25-29), with both teams coming off wins in their previous games and looking to continue on the winning ways.

The New Orleans Pelicans have a 22-31 record and are tied
with the Spurs in the 10th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and
in their last game they won on the road against the Pacers with a 124-117
score. Brandon Ingram leads the team in scoring with 24.9 ppg, adding 6.4
rebounds and 4.2 assists per game and he is probable for this game. Zion
Williamson follows with 19.8 ppg, adding 7.5 rebounds per game and will be back
in the lineup tonight.

The Portland Trail Blazers have a 25-29 record and are
sitting in the 9th place of the West. They have won two of their last three
matches and in their last game they won at home against the Heat with a 115-109
score. Damian Lillard remains scorching-hot and leads the team both in scoring
29.9 ppg and in assists made with 7.9 per game, adding 4.3 rebounds. CJ
McCollum follows with 21.3 ppg, 4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

The Pelicans have won both previous meetings against the Blazers this season (at home by 11 points and on the road by 8). Pelicans are 10-16 at home, while the Blazers are 10-18 on the road. Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 115.3 ppg to the Blazers’ 113.5, while the Blazers are better defensively, allowing 114.9 ppg to the Pelicans’ 117.2. Both teams have a similar field goal percentage (45.8% to 45.7%) and the same 3-point percentage (37.2%). The Pelicans are better both in rebounding (46.5 to 45.8) and in assists made (25.9 to 20), while the Blazers commit fewer turnovers per game (12.9 to 16.1). The Pelicans have already won twice this season and expect them to get another win at home today.

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