Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers Prediction
The over has been profitable when the Pelicans and Trail Blazers meet but is 240.5 points too much to lay tonight when they play in Portland at 10:00 p.m. ET?
527 New Orleans Pelicans (+1.5) at 528 Portland Trail Blazers (-1.5); o/u 240.5
10:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, OR
New Orleans Pelicans DFS Spin
Zion Williamson hit 13-of-16 shots for 27 points, two rebounds, five dimes and two turnovers across 32 minutes in Sunday's 135-115 win over the Clippers. Zion accounted for 20 points in the paint for the 20th time this season, which is the most in the NBA by a wide margin. The next two guys, Giannis Antetokounmpo (12) and Nikola Jokic (8) have combined for 20 such games this season. As a team, New Orleans shot 65.4% from the field in Sunday's blowout win, which is the highest FG% by a team this season, and only the third time a team has reached the 65% mark over the past five years.
Portland Trail Blazers DFS Spin
C.J. McCollum (foot) will return on Tuesday vs. New Orleans. McCollum has been out since Jan. 16, so he'll likely be on some minutes restrictions in his first game back, but he should still be activated in all season-long settings. The Trail Blazers play four times this week, with a Thursday-Friday, back-to-back, so McCollum will likely only be available for three of those games. His return to the rotation will be bad news for Gary Trent Jr.
Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers Betting Prediction
The over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams while the over is 13-3 in the Pelicans’ last 16 games as an underdog, is 29-10 in their last 39 games coming off a win and 7-0 in their last seven games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game. On the other side, the over is 8-3 in the Trail Blazers’ last 11 home games, is 5-2 in their last seven games as a home favorite and is 7-2 in their last nine games versus a team with a losing record.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: PELICANS/TRAIL BLAZERS OVER 240.5