Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Smoothie King Center
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The Portland Trail Blazers travel to Smoothie King Center to play the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. The opening line for this game has Portland as 4 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 204.
The Trail Blazers come into this game with an overall record of 11-19 and a road record of 5-13. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.3 as they are averaging 101.4 points per game while giving up 102.7 per contest. The Pelicans have an overall record of 8-19 and a home record of 5-6. They currently are 5th in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 102.3 points per game and surrendering 108.2, good for a point differential of -5.9.
Damian Lillard comes into this contest averaging 24.6 points per game while playing 36.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Trail Blazers. He pulls down 4.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 88%. C.J. McCollum averages 20.1 points per game in 35.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.9 assists per contest and 3.3 rebounds per game for Portland. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 86%.
Anthony Davis averages 23.2 points per game while playing 35.8 minutes per contest this year for the Pelicans. He grabs 10.7 rebounds per game and has 1.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage currently is at 76%. Ryan Anderson averages 17.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.4 rebounds per contest and 1.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 88%.
Portland averages 101.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 16th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.3 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 14th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 10th in the league. They average 54.3 rebounds per game and 20.7 assists per game which ranks them 5th and 21st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 24th with 15.7 per game. The Trail Blazers allow 102.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 21st in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 16th and 9th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 51.4 rebounds a game which ranks 11th and they give up 20.4 assists per contest which puts them in 8th place in the league. They force 12.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 29th in the league.
New Orleans averages 102.3 points per game this year which ranks them 10th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -5.9 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 15th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 13th in the NBA. They average 49.7 rebounds per game and 21.1 assists per contest which ranks them 26th and 18th respectively. In the turnover department the Pelicans rank 4th with 13.9 per game. The Pelicans allow 108.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 30th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 40% average from behind the arc ranking them 29th and 29th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.3 rebounds a game which ranks 15th and they give up 22.6 assists per contest which puts them in 19th place in the league. The Pelicans force 13.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 27th in the NBA.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Trail Blazers are 15-15-0 against the spread
The Portland Trail Blazers are 16-13-1 against the over/under
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
The New Orleans Pelicans are 10-17-0 against the spread
The New Orleans Pelicans are 11-15-1 against the over/under
Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
12/22/15 G C.J. McCollum Ankle missed last game, doubtful Wednesday vs. New Orleans
12/21/15 PG Damian Lillard Foot missed last game, doubtful Wednesday vs. New Orleans
New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
12/21/15 F Anthony Davis Illness probable Wednesday vs. Portland
12/20/15 C Alexis Ajinca Calf "?" Wednesday vs. Portland
10/26/15 F/G Quincy Pondexter Knee out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take New Orleans
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