New Orleans Pelicans vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction, 3/1/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: ROOT Sports
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+2)
The New Orleans Pelicans are headed to Moda Center on Wednesday where they will take on the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland is 2-point favorites. The betting total comes in at 228.
The Pelicans took the court against the Magic and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 101-93 in their last game. New Orleans finished the contest having earned a 44.7% field goal percentage (34 of 76) and converted 6 out of their 27 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Pelicans knocked down 19 of their 23 tries for a percentage of 82.6%. Regarding pulling down rebounds, they earned 38 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 23 assists for the matchup while forcing the opposition into 15 turnovers and earning 9 steals. When talking about defending, New Orleans allowed their opponent to shoot 45.6% from the field on 36 of 79 shooting. Orlando dished out 21 assists and had 9 steals for the contest. Furthermore, Orlando had 43 rebounds (11 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Orlando finished the game shooting 76.9% at the charity stripe by converting 20 of 26 attempts. They also buried 9 of their 34 tries from long range. In regard to fouls, the Pelicans finished with 26 while the Magic totaled 20 fouls.
Brandon Ingram is a guy who was a major factor in this game. He notched 25 points on 8 out of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 38 mins played and pulled down 6 rebounds. Ingram shot 42.1% from the field and recorded 5 assists.
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New Orleans heads into this matchup with a mark of 30-32 for the campaign. They turn the ball over 14.9 times per contest and as a team they are committing 20.7 personal fouls per game. As a team, New Orleans is collecting 43.9 boards per game and is sitting with 1,590 dimes for the year, which is 11th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Pelicans are connecting on 35.2% on shots from 3-point land (662 of 1,883) and 78.1% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 114.3 pts per contest (15th in the league) while hitting 47.7% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Pelicans are able to force 15.2 turnovers per game while drawing 20.8 fouls. They give up 33.9% on shots from distance and they are 17th in the NBA in opponents PPG (113.5). The Pelicans defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 47.5% (2,570 of 5,414) and they relinquish 42.4 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 14th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,553 surrendered on the season.
In their last game, the Trail Blazers took home the win by a final score of 131-114 when they faced the Rockets. When talking about team rebounding, Portland permitted Houston to snag 48 in total (18 offensive). They finished 26.9% from 3-point land by shooting 7 out of 26 and ended up going 17 of 25 from the charity stripe (68.0%). The Trail Blazers allowed the Rockets to bury 45 of 100 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.0% in this contest. At the conclusion of this game, the Trail Blazers ended up going 42 out of 77 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 54.5%. Pertaining to shooting from 3-point land, Portland buried 20 of their 39 attempts (51.3%). They were able to bury 27 of those for a rate of 77.1%. The Rockets committed 26 fouls for this game which got the Trail Blazers to the free throw line for 35 attempts. They turned the ball over 13 times, while earning 7 steals for the contest. The Trail Blazers were able to snag 31 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 37 in this matchup.
Damian Lillard was important for the Trail Blazers for this game. Lillard tallied 71 points in his 39 minutes on the hardwood and earned 6 dimes for this contest. He knocked down 22 out of 38 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 57.9%, and had 6 rebounds.
Portland has a record of 29-31 this season. The Trail Blazers commit 20.6 fouls per contest and they connect on 80.2% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 24.2 times per contest (21st in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 14.6 times per game. Portland has totaled 6,910 pts for the year (115.2 per game) and they pull down 41.3 rebounds per game. As an offensive unit, the Trail Blazers are connecting on 48.3% from the field, which is ranked 8th in basketball.
The Portland defense gives up 37.0% on shots from 3-point land (718 of 1,943) and their opposition makes 78.5% of their foul shots. They give up 26.0 dimes and 41.7 boards every game, ranking them 24th and 3rd in the league. The Trail Blazers are ranked 18th in the NBA in points given up per game with 115.3. They are forcing 13.4 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.4% from the floor (26th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New Orleans (+2)
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