A pair of Western Conference teams looking to get things going in a positive direction take the floor in the Big Easy. The Portland Trail Blazers are on the road as they face the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night. Portland was in action on the road Monday night as they faced the Rockets in Houston. New Orleans defeated Golden State 108-100 at home Sunday night in their previous game. The Trail Blazers lead the all-time regular season series between the teams 33-25 and have won the last four meetings. That includes a 122-110 road win in the most recent matchup on March 15, 2019.
Portland Trail Blazers Look for Back to Back WinsPortland had dropped six of their previous seven games before coming up with the victory over San Antonio on the road Saturday night. The Trail Blazers enter this one in the basement of the Northwest Division, five games behind the Nuggets for the top spot. Portland was up one after the opening quarter but was outscored 35-20 in the second to trail by 14 at the half. The Trail Blazers were down by as many as 28 in the second half and never drew closer than 11. Portland shot 41.7 percent from the field, including 11 of 36 from three-point range, and turned the ball over 17 times in the loss. C.J. McCollum led the Trail Blazers with 25 points in the loss.
Drive 'n dish pic.twitter.com/NmmIdtrzCN— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) November 19, 2019
The Trail Blazers come into this one 11th in the league in scoring with 112.8 points per game. The Trail Blazers are tied for 10th in the league in rebounding as they collect 46.5 boards a night. Portland is 30th in the league in assists with 17.8 per contest. The Trail Blazers are average defensively as they come in 21st in the league by allowing 114.1 points a night. Damian Lillard leads the team with 29.8 points plus 6.8 assists per contest. CJ McCollum chips in 21.5 points a night while Hassan Whiteside contributes 15.3 points and 12.2 rebounds per contest. Rodney Hood (12.4 points) and Anfernee Simons (11.4 points) are contributing but injuries have taken a toll. Jusuf Nurkic remains out after last season’s broken leg while Zach Collins (shoulder) and Pau Gasol (foot) are also out. As a result, the Trail Blazers signed Carmelo Anthony to a contract: he could make his debut here but it’s unclear. Portland is tied for 22nd in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 44.2 percent from the floor. The Trail Blazers are knocking down 12.2 three pointers a night, which is tied for 13th in the league, while ranking 14th in the league by shooting 35.6 percent from downtown.
New Orleans Pelicans Trying to Build MomentumNew Orleans won for the third time in five games after their 1-8 start to the season as they took down Golden State at home. The Pelicans entered Monday in the basement of the Southwest Division, six games behind the Rockets. New Orleans scored the first five points of the game and never trailed: the game was only tied once, at 21, the entire game after the opening tip. The Pelicans saw a 15-point third-quarter lead trimmed to three early in the fourth but maintained their edge. New Orleans shot 41.6 percent from the field, including draining 18 of 46 from three-point range, and controlled the glass by a 48-43 margin. JJ Redick led the Pelicans with 26 points in the victory.
The Pelicans are seventh in the league in scoring offense as they average 115.7 points per game on the season. New Orleans is 17th in rebounding by collecting 45.4 boards a night while the team ranks sixth in assists by dishing out 26.2 dimes a night. The Pelicans are 29th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 120 points per game so far this year. Brandon Ingram leads the team in scoring with 25.9 points per game along with 7.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists this season. Josh Hart contributes 12.6 points plus 6.6 boards a night while Lonzo Ball (11.5 points, 6.1 assists), Jrue Holiday (17.2 points, 7.1 assists), Jahlil Okafor (9.9 points), JJ Redick (13.8 points) and Derrick Favors (8.3 points, 8.9 rebounds) are key rotation pieces. Favors missed three straight games with knee soreness before returning against Brooklyn November 4 while Zion Williamson remains out as he recovers from knee surgery. New Orleans is 14th in field goal percentage by shooting 45.7 percent from the field as a team this season. The Pelicans are second in the league in threes per game as they knock down 15.1 triples per contest and stand 5th in three-point shooting by hitting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Trail Blazers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest
- Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games
- Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games
- Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference teams