Portland Trail Blazers (25-29) at New Orleans Pelicans (22-31)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (Smoothie King Center)
Line/Odds: Pelicans (-3); Over/Under: 242
Free NBA Prediction Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans
This will be the third of four meetings between the Blazers and Pelicans this season. The Pelicans have won each of their first two games against the Blazers one coming on the road and one at home. This will be the first matchup between these two teams that Pelicans dynamic rookie Zion Williamson will play. Each team will play one more game following tonight’s game before the All-Star break with the Blazers facing off against the eighth seeded Grizzlies tomorrow night and the Pelicans facing the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
The Portland Trail Blazers have had to deal with an abundance of injuries all season. Jusuf Nurkic has yet to return after suffering a leg fracture last season, Rodney Hood is out for the remainder of this season after suffering a leg injury in December, Zach Collins has been out since the third game of the season with a shoulder injury, and Mario Hezonja has been in and out of the lineup all season. Despite all of these injuries, Damian Lillard has done his part in keeping the Blazers in playoff contention. In the past 14 games, Lillard has averaged 38.4 points, 9.0 assists and 4.9 assists shooting 50% from the field and 47% from three-point range. In that span, the Blazers have gone 9-5 including winning six of their last eight games.
The New Orleans Pelicans are also fighting for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Pels have gone 11-7 since the start of January and have won five of their last seven game. Their Saturday night win against the Indiana Pacers came without All-Star Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson in the lineup. Jrue Holiday was a driving force in the Pelicans getting that win finishing with 31 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and three steals. J.J. Redick came off the bench to score 23 points, four rebounds and four assists in the game. New Orleans is currently five games behind the current eight seeded Memphis Grizzlies and are 2.5 games behind Portland. With the Pelicans already two games up on the Blazers so far this season, this could game could be very important for both teams in deciding who gets the final playoff in the Western Conference.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games.
Portland are 5-10 SU in their last 15 games against New Orleans.
Portland are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games played in February.
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.
New Orleans are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Northwest division.
New Orleans are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games played in February.
I am going to go with the Trail Blazers to win this game. Damian Lillard has been playing too well as of late for me to bet against them. Along with Lillard, the Blazers have started to get more contributions from their supporting cast with Gary Trent Jr., Trevor Ariza and Carmelo Anthony all stepping up to keep their team in the playoff hunt. This will be a highly competitive game and I would not be surprised if this game went into overtime but I have the Blazers taking the win on the road.
Portland Trail Blazers