Trail Blazers vs. Pelicans Prediction

NBA Predictions: Pelicans a good bet to knock off Trail Blazers? 3/27/18

Are the New Orleans Pelicans a good bet to knock off the Portland Trail Blazers as a small home favorite on Tuesday night?

Game Snapshot

(765) Portland Trail Blazers at (766) New Orleans Pelicans

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

TV: N/A, 8:00 p.m. ET

CURRENT ODDS

According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager, the Pelicans are 1.5-point home favorites to beat the Trail Blazers, while the over/under currently sits at 222 points.

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LINE MOVEMENT

New Orleans opened as a 1-point home favorite but the line has climbed to 1.5 at the majority of online sportsbooks. As for the total, it hit the board at 221.5 but was bet down to 222.

PUBLIC BETTING

As of this writing, 76% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Trail Blazers to cover the spread tonight. Meanwhile, 62% of the betting tickets wagered online are on the over.

KEY INJURY TO WATCH

The Trail Blazers currently do not have a player listed on their injury report tonight. On the other side, DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) is out for the year while both Rajon Rondo (wrist) and Nikola Mirotic (hip) are questionable to play for the Pelicans.

BETTING STRATEGY

The Trail Blazers remain one of the hottest teams in the league but I'm going to fade them tonight. The Pelicans are fresh, having not played the past two days because of a postponement makeup causing them to play six games in eight nights. That included games on three consecutive nights, an absolute rarity in the NBA. New Orleans is 2-1 against Portland this season and has won four of the past five meetings. The Trail Blazers are also just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games versus the Pelicans and have not covered in four of their last five trips to New Orleans.

 

OUR PREDICTION: NEW ORLEANS PELICANS -1.5

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