Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Odds and Predictions March 18
The NBA has some interesting clashes lined-up over the weekdays. On Thursday, New Orleans Pelicans has a huge task in hand when they face a formidable challenge against Portland Trail Blazers in an away fixture.
The hosts are desperate to sort out their inconsistency concerns while the Pelicans are trying to fend off a 2-match losing streak. Even though this rivalry looks like producing a thriller according to predictions, the recent form suggests an upper hand to the Trail Blazers with the New Orleans based club requiring a huge effort to pull off a victory.
With 55% chances of win, the Portland Trail Blazers have slight advantage over New Orleans Pelicans as per the Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Odds and Predictions for this Thursday game. The latest Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Odds and Predictions updated on 18th March.
Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Odds and Predictions : Players to watch
Damian Lillard is the lead guard with an average of 30.5 points and 8 assists in 38 games. He was on fire as he accumulated 50 points and 10 assists against Pelicans.
Enes Kanter who has played at the center position has tons of experience in NBA with an average of 11.6 rebounds and free throw percentage of 76.3 in the current season.
Derrick Jones Jr. will be the small forward in the side has to do a lot better than 8 points in every outing so far. Gary Trent Jr. who looked out of sorts did a decent job in his last outing as he made 22 points and 3 rebounds.
Zion Williamson who is the power forward in the side has averaged 25.5 points per game and has 7 rebounds in 37 games. He scored 28 points against Trail Blazers in his last outing.
Eric Bledsoe who is the shooting guard has a good rating with a 3-pointer conversion of 37.3% so far.
Brandon Ingram who plays as the small forward and power forward has a field goal percentage of 47.8 and a free throw percentage of 88.4 in 39 games this season. He has also averaged 5.1 rebounds per game during the same time.
Steven Adams who has played at the center position has tons of experience in NBA with an average of 8.3 points and 5.2 dribbles in this edition.
Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Odds and Predictions: Recent form
Looking at the Trail Blazers’ campaign so far, they didn’t have the best of the getaways with a loss to Utah Jazz. But they put that behind pretty quickly when they picked up wins against Rockets and Lakers in the next two games.
Their January and February campaigns were kind of a mixed bag where they tasted triumphs as well as defeats. On the other hand, this month’s campaign started with a 3-win streak, followed by 2 defeats in the next four games. This meant that they are hanging in the 6th place with a 0.590 win-loss record so far.
As far as New Orleans Pelicans is concerned, they would be more than happy to wrap up their campaign on a high. They are currently struggling at 11th place in the Western conference, looking for a redemption in the remaining matches.
Even though they got off to a flyer with a triumph against Raptors, they were bogged down with losses against Heat and Suns in the games that followed. Everything started going south for them in January when they found themselves in a losing streak. They lost their last game against Trail Blazers with a 125-124 margin.
Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Odds and Predictions: Head-to-head
Regular season (64 games): Pelicans – 29 wins, Trail Blazers – 35 wins.
Playoffs (4 games): Pelicans – 4 wins, Trail Blazers – 0 wins.
Previous meeting: Trail Blazers won 125-124 on 16th March 2021 in a regular season fixture.
Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Odds and Predictions : Predicted Winner
The hosts have a tough task in hand with the visitors looking to bag an important win here on Tuesday. According to FiveThirtyEight, despite dominance by Trail Blazers, their opponents have a reasonable chance of 45% to pull off a victory with the giant side slightly ahead.
Shifting our focus to the outright predictions, the Oddschecker platform has tipped the Portland based side as one of the top 10 favorites to win the NBA title whereas the Pelicans stand no chance to live the glory this time around. SMarkets is another platform which has reiterated the same, giving a clear edge to the Trail Blazers.