Portland Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 2/17/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+3.5)
The New Orleans Pelicans (11-15) play the Portland Blazers (16-10) at Smoothie King Center on Wednesday. The odds on this matchup have New Orleans as 3.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 230.
The Portland Blazers stepped onto the hardwood against the Dallas Mavericks and went home with a win by a final score of 121-118 in their last game. Portland ended the game with a 52.9% FG percentage (45 out of 85) and knocked down 18 out of their 40 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Blazers converted 13 of their 19 shots for a rate of 68.4%. When discussing rebounding, they earned 36 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 15 assists for the contest while getting 7 steals and 2 blocked shots. Regarding defense, Portland allowed 49.4% from the floor on 40 out of 81 shooting. Dallas distributed 19 dimes and had 5 steals for the game. Moreover, the Mavericks totaled 35 rebounds (10 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Dallas went 96.0% from the charity stripe by making 24 of their 25 shots. They also buried 14 out of their 41 shots from 3-point range.
Damian Lillard is someone who was important in the matchup. He ended up finishing with 34 points on 12 out of 26 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36:28 minutes and totaled 3 rebounds. Lillard finished the game at 46.2% from the field and also distributed 11 assists. Someone else that came through in this contest for the Blazers was Gary Trent. He pulled down 2 rebounds and collected 2 assists. He finished 46.2% from the field in this contest via 6-of-13 (17 points). At the conclusion of this game, Trent was on the court for 35:35 minutes.
Portland heads into this game with a mark of 16-10 on the season. They are giving up possession 11.4 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 19.6 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Portland is pulling down 44.3 rebounds per game and has racked up 510 assists on the season, which is 30th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Blazers are shooting 38.5% on shots from 3-point land (419 of 1,088) and 82.6% from the charity stripe. They average 115.5 points per game (6th in basketball) while hitting 44.5% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Blazers have forced 13.5 turnovers every game and they draw 18.7 personal fouls. They are ranked 10th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 648 relinquished for the campaign. The Blazers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 47.7% (350 of 486) and they surrender 46.1 boards per game as a group. They are giving up 36.8% from 3-point land while they are 25th in the NBA in points per game allowed (115.2).
When they last stepped on the court, the New Orleans Pelicans went home defeated by a final of 123-112 when they faced the Detroit Pistons. The Pelicans corralled 26 defensive rebounds and 18 offensive rebounds totaling 44 for this game. They also blocked 2 tries while earning 5 steals in the matchup. The Pistons had 23 personal fouls for this contest which got the Pelicans to the free throw line for a total of 28 attempts. They were able to convert 23 of those for a percentage of 82.1%. In relation to 3-point shots, New Orleans knocked down 9 out of 35 tries (25.7%). Overall, the Pelicans went 40 out of 90 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 44.4%. The Pelicans allowed the Pistons to knock down 45 out of 84 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 53.6% for this contest. They finished 48.6% from three-point range by going 17 of 35 and walked away from this one shooting 16 out of 20 at the free throw line (80.0%). In the matter of how they rebounded, New Orleans allowed Detroit to snag 37 overall (9 on the offensive glass).
Brandon Ingram ended up being a factor for the Pelicans for the contest. He made 7 out of 19 for this game for a field goal rate of 36.8%, which got him 26 points. Ingram grabbed 4 rebounds in his 38:20 minutes of playing time and had 7 assists for the game. One more player who was a determining factor for New Orleans was Zion Williamson. He ended up scoring 26 points in his 35:43 minutes on the hardwood via 10 of 20 shooting in this contest. Williamson finished going 50.0% from the field as well as totaling 3 dimes and 8 rebounds.
New Orleans has a win-loss mark of 11-15 for the year. The Pelicans are responsible for committing 17.6 fouls per contest while shooting 73.0% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 24.6 times per game (18th in the NBA) and they cough up possession 14.3 times per contest. New Orleans has earned 2,942 pts this year (113.2 per contest) and they average 46.0 rebounds per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Pelicans are hitting on 47.6% from the field, which has them ranked 9th in the league. The Pelicans are ranked 23rd in the league in points allowed per game with 114.1. They concede 28.1 assists and 41.3 boards per contest, which ranks them 30th and 2nd in the NBA. The New Orleans defense concedes 39.0% on 3-pointers (420 of 1,076) and their opponents are connecting on 79.4% of their foul shots. They are forcing 13.6 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 46.8% from the field (18th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New Orleans (-3.5)
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