Blazers vs. Pelicans Prediction
In what no doubt should be a high-scoring game, the sputtering Trail Blazers will take on Anthony Davis and the Pelicans tonight at 8:00PM ET in New Orleans.
The over/under for tonight's game opened at 216.5 but has already been bet up to 218 according to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv. The Pelicans, meanwhile, went from a 1.5-point home favorite to a 1-point underdog as the line "jumped the fence" in favor of the visiting Trail Blazers.
Portland has played horrible defense in its last two games, surrendering 118 points to San Antonio on Thursday night and 128 points to Oklahoma City in its previous matchup. Both times the over cashed in those games and should again tonight as the Blazers play on tired legs.
The trends support taking the over, too. The over is 5-0 in the Blazers' last five road games, is 8-0 in their last eight games versus Western Conference competition, and is 6-1 in Portland's last seven games overall. With the league's 26th overall defensive efficiency rating, the over is also 21-7-1 in the Pelicans' last 29 games and is 11-2 in their last 13 games coming off a straight up win.
The total is set high for tonight, but the over is worth a play.
FRIDAY NBA FREE PICK: BLAZERS/PELICANS OVER 218