Trail Blazers vs Pelicans: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – March 18, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on March 18, 2021 - Last Updated on March 29, 2021

A game after he exploded for 50 points in a 125-124 win over the Pelicans, Damian Lillard leads the Portland Trail Blazers (23-16) at home against the New Orleans Pelicans (17-23) on Thursday, March 18, 2021. The Trail Blazers are favored by 1 point in the matchup, which airs at 10:00 PM ET on NBCS-NW. The matchup’s over/under is set at 241.5.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of March 18, 2021, 1:05 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Trail Blazers vs Pelicans Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of March 18

Trail Blazers:
Harry Giles III: Day To Day (Calf),
Jusuf Nurkic: Out (Wrist),
Zach Collins: Out (Ankle)

Pelicans:
JJ Redick: Out (Heel)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Trail Blazers (-1)
Total Pick Under (241.5)
Prediction Trail Blazers 117, Pelicans 114

The DraftKings line for this game has the Trail Blazers favored by one, while the model predicts they’ll win by slightly more (3.3 points).

The model projects a total (230.9 points) much lower than the one set by DraftKings for this game (241.5 points). Take the under.

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Trail Blazers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Damian Lillard 38 30.4 4.5 8.0 1.0 0.3 4.4
CJ McCollum 14 25.5 3.9 4.8 1.2 0.4 4.6
Gary Trent Jr. 37 15.6 2.2 1.5 0.9 0.1 3.1
Carmelo Anthony 38 14.1 3.4 1.8 0.9 0.8 1.8
Enes Kanter 39 12.0 11.6 1.2 0.5 0.7 0.0

Pelicans Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Zion Williamson 38 25.6 6.9 3.5 0.9 0.7 0.2
Brandon Ingram 40 23.9 5.1 4.7 0.7 0.8 2.4
Lonzo Ball 37 14.2 4.2 5.5 1.3 0.5 3.0
Eric Bledsoe 39 11.8 3.4 3.8 0.7 0.3 1.8
Josh Hart 40 9.3 7.4 2.1 0.8 0.3 1.4

Shooting Trends

  • This season, the Trail Blazers have a 44.8% shooting percentage from the field, which is 2.6% lower than the 47.4% of shots the Pelicans’ opponents have hit.
  • Portland is 7-3 against the spread and 10-0 overall when it shoots higher than 47.4% from the field.
  • New Orleans is 10-4 against the spread and 11-3 overall when allowing opponents to shoot better than 44.8% from the field.
  • The Pelicans’ 48.7% shooting percentage from the field this season is 0.8 percentage points higher than the Trail Blazers have allowed to their opponents (47.9%).
  • New Orleans has put together a 13-10 record against the spread and a 12-11 straight up record in games it shoots over 47.9% from the field.
  • When Portland’s opponents shoot over 48.7% from the field, it is 13-7 against the spread and 14-6 overall.
  • The Trail Blazers are hitting 38.3% of their three-point shots this season, 0.8% lower than the 39.1% the Pelicans allow opponents to shoot from deep.
  • Portland has collected a 14-4 record against the spread and a 16-2 straight-up record in games this season when the team knocks down more than 39.1% of its three-point attempts.
  • New Orleans has put up a 12-7 against the spread while going 14-5 overall in games this season when its opponents shoot better than 38.3% from downtown.
  • The Pelicans’ three-point shooting percentage this season (35.8%) is 1.7 percentage points lower than opponents of the Trail Blazers are averaging (37.5%).
  • New Orleans is 12-5 against the spread and 12-5 overall when shooting over 37.5% as a team from three-point range.
  • Portland has a 12-5 ATS record and a 12-5 straight-up record in games this season it has shot better than 35.8% from three-point distance.
  • The Trail Blazers’ 16.2 made three-pointers per game this season is 5.2 more made shots on average than the 11 per game the Pelicans allow.
  • When Portland makes more three-pointers than its opponents, it is 16-13 against the spread and 20-9 overall. When New Orleans is out-shot from beyond the arc by its opponents, it is 10-20 ATS and 10-21 straight up.
  • The Trail Blazers are the second-best three-point shooting team in the NBA, while the Pelicans allow the most makes from deep.

Trail Blazers vs Pelicans Stat Rankings

Trail Blazers Rank Trail Blazers AVG Pelicans AVG Pelicans Rank
6th 115.1 Points Scored 113.1 4th
26th 115.6 Points Allowed 115.6 27th
24th 43.6 Rebounds 45.4 3rd
14th 10.4 Off. Rebounds 11.6 1st
2nd 16.2 3pt Made 11 23rd
30th 20.3 Assists 25.6 9th
2nd 11.3 Turnovers 13.2 15th

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