Friday, March 18, 2016
Smoothie King Center
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The Portland Trail Blazers travel to Smoothie King Center to play the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, March 18, 2016. The opening line for this game has New Orleans as 2 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 216.
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The Trail Blazers come into this game with an overall record of 35-33 and a road record of 14-21. They are 2nd in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of 0.7 as they are averaging 104 points per game while giving up 103.4 per contest. Portland is 9-4 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 23-18. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Pelicans have an overall record of 25-42 and a home record of 17-15. They currently are 5th in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 103.1 points per game and surrendering 106.3, good for a point differential of -3.2. New Orleans has a division record of 4-11 and a conference record of 17-28. In their last 10 games they are 2-8.
Damian Lillard comes into this contest averaging 25.7 points per game while playing 35.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Trail Blazers. He pulls down 4.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 88%. C.J. McCollum averages 20.7 points per game in 34.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.1 assists per contest and 3.4 rebounds per game for Portland. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%.
Anthony Davis averages 24.4 points per game while playing 35.8 minutes per contest this year for the Pelicans. He grabs 10.4 rebounds per game and has 1.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage currently is at 76%. Ryan Anderson averages 16.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 6 rebounds per contest and 1.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 87%.
Portland averages 104 points per contest this season which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.7 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 14th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 4th in the league. They average 53.8 rebounds per game and 21.2 assists per game which ranks them 5th and 20th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 17th with 14.6 per game. The Trail Blazers allow 103.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 19th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 16th and 23rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 52.4 rebounds a game which ranks 17th and they give up 21.3 assists per contest which puts them in 8th place in the league. They force 13.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 25th in the league.
New Orleans averages 103.1 points per game this year which ranks them 12th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -3.2 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 18th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 14th in the NBA. They average 50.5 rebounds per game and 21.9 assists per contest which ranks them 22nd and 17th respectively. In the turnover department the Pelicans rank 5th with 13.2 per game. The Pelicans allow 106.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 25th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 26th and 27th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.4 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 22.7 assists per contest which puts them in 21st place in the league. The Pelicans force 13.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 21st in the NBA.
The Trail Blazers average 100.7 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 109 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -3.8 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -4.3 per contest. The Trail Blazers have an offensive rating of 108.3 and a defensive rating of 107.6. In terms of pace they average 95.5 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shoot 3 pointers on 33% of their shots. Portland turns the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions and they force 12 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%.
The Pelicans score 106.4 ppg at home and they have averaged 107.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -4.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 0.5 points per game. The Pelicans rating on offense is 105.6 and they have a defensive rating of 108.9. They get 96.9 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 28% of their shot attempts. New Orleans turns the ball over on 12 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.8 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Trail Blazers are 38-30-0 against the spread
The Portland Trail Blazers are 38-29-1 against the over/under
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
The New Orleans Pelicans are 28-39-0 against the spread
The New Orleans Pelicans are 35-30-2 against the over/under
Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
03/17/16 PG Damian Lillard Illness probable Thursday vs. San Antonio
03/16/16 C Meyers Leonard Shoulder expected to miss Thursday vs. San Antonio
New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
03/17/16 PG Norris Cole Back "?" Friday vs. Portland
03/10/16 G Eric Gordon Finger out for season
03/03/16 C Alexis Ajinca Sternum out indefinitely
02/25/16 G Bryce Dejean-Jones Wrist out for season
02/12/16 G Tyreke Evans Knee out for season
01/11/16 F Quincy Pondexter Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take New Orleans
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