Free NBA Picks Today: Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans 3/1/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans 3/1/23
Wed 1st March 2023

The New Orleans Pelicans (30-32, 10-21 Away) will be hoping to halt their losing skid when they head to face the Portland Trail Blazers (29-32, 17-14 Home) on Wednesday.

New Orleans dropped their last game against the Orlando Magic 101-93 at Smoothie King Center on Monday, their fourth straight loss. Brandon Ingram was the standout player in the losing effort with 25 points.

The Pelicans are 10th in the Western Conference. Portland is playing the second of a back-to-back after losing in blowout fashion yesterday at Chase Center, falling to the Golden State Warriors 123-105. Damian Lillard had 25 points and seven assists in the losing effort to lead the team.

The Trail Blazers are the 11th seed in the Western Conference. The teams are meeting for the final time this season. After taking the only prior season game against New Orleans 106-95 at Smoothie King Center in November 2022, Portland will be aiming for a season sweep. Jerami Grant led the Trail Blazers with 27 points and eight rebounds. Zion Williamson had 29 points in defeat.

CJ McCollum is averaging 21.0 points per game to lead the Pels in scoring this season. McCollum also has dished 5.9 assists per game. Meanwhile, Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.7 rebounds. Lillard has been the primary provider of the Blazers’ offense, averaging 32.1 points per game.

He ranks as the third-highest scorer in the league. Lillard also has doled out 7.2 assists per game, 10th-most in the NBA. Jusuf Nurkic has averaged 9.4 rebounds per game.

The Pelicans have found success in recent games at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, winning six of the last 10. New Orleans is looking to avoid a fourth straight road loss this season.

Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers are 6-4 when playing two days in a row this season and 4-2 in such games against opponents with at least a day of rest. The Pelicans are 3-1 with a rest advantage. New Orleans is 4-6 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -2.0 (111.0-113.0).

Portland has also gone 4-6 over the last 10, allowing 124.3 points per game on average while scoring only 118.7 (-5.6 margin). The Trail Blazers are averaging 115.0 ppg for the full season while allowing 115.4.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Larry Nance Jr.: 8.0 | 15.5 | -7.5
Points per game:
Trey Murphy III: 8.2 | 12.7 | -4.5
Rebounds per game:
Willy Hernangomez: 9.5 | 5.1 | +4.4
Larry Nance Jr.: 3.7 | 5.9 | -2.2
Assists per game:
Brandon Ingram: 2.6 | 4.7 | -2.1


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Nassir Little: 16.8 | 10.1 | +6.7
Points per game:
Damian Lillard: 43.8 | 32.1 | +11.6
Anfernee Simons: 15.5 | 21.4 | -5.9
Rebounds per game:
Drew Eubanks: 8.6 | 5.1 | +3.5

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Portland Trail Blazers (-140)

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