Free NBA Picks Today: Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans 3/27/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans 3/27/23
Mon 27th March 2023

The New Orleans Pelicans (37-37, 13-24 Away) will be out to build on their winning streak when they travel to face the Portland Trail Blazers (32-42, 17-20 Home) on Monday. New Orleans blew out the Los Angeles Clippers 131-110 at Arena on Saturday, their fourth consecutive win.

With 32 points and 13 assists, Brandon Ingram was a top performer. The Pelicans are the ninth seed in the Western Conference. Portland is playing the second of a back-to-back after losing their sixth in a row at home yesterday at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-112.

Shaedon Sharpe had 29 points in defeat to lead the team. The Trail Blazers are 13th in the Western Conference. The teams are meeting for the last time this season.

Portland will be looking to level the season series after taking only one of the three previous matchups. New Orleans won the most recent showdown 127-110 at Smoothie King Center on March 12.

Trey Murphy III led the Pelicans with 41 points and seven rebounds. Anfernee Simons had 17 points in the loss. 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 9.9 rebounds.Damian Lillard (32.2 ppg) has powered the Blazers’ offense.

He has the third-best scoring average in the league. Lillard also has distributed 7.3 assists per game, 10th-most in the league. Jusuf Nurkic has posted 9.1 rebounds per game. The Pelicans have found success in recent games at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, winning six of the last 10.

Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers are 7-5 this season when playing on consecutive nights and 5-3 in such games against rested opponents. The Pelicans are 5-2 with a rest advantage.

In the last 10 games, New Orleans is 6-4 with an average margin of +6.3 (114.6-108.3). Portland has gone 2-8 over the last 10, allowing 118.9 points per game on average while scoring only 108.8 (-10.1 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Jonas Valanciunas: 37.8 | 26.1 | +11.7
Larry Nance Jr.: 6.8 | 14.5 | -7.7
Points per game:
Brandon Ingram: 30.2 | 23.9 | +6.3
Josh Richardson: 8.0 | 10.8 | -2.8
Rebounds per game:
Jonas Valanciunas: 15.2 | 9.9 | +5.3
Larry Nance Jr.: 3.2 | 5.6 | -2.4
Assists per game:
Brandon Ingram: 9.0 | 5.4 | +3.6


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Shaedon Sharpe: 25.2 | 12.1 | +13.1
Cam Reddish: 8.6 | 13.3 | -4.7
Points per game:
Shaedon Sharpe: 18.8 | 8.6 | +10.2
Cam Reddish: 5.8 | 9.6 | -3.8
Rebounds per game:
Damian Lillard: 6.0 | 4.8 | +1.2

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

NO Pelicans -11.5 (-115)

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