New Orleans Pelicans (29-21) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (15-35)
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers 2/10/24 – The New Orleans Pelicans take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday looking to continue their push for a top-7 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Premium handicapper reviews point to the Pelicans entering this game playing solid basketball recently, going 3-2 in their last 5 contests. Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers have gone 2-3 over that same span as they look to play spoiler down the stretch this season.
The Pelicans come into this matchup boasting the 7th best offensive rating in the NBA, averaging 116.9 points per game. They are led by All-Star forward Brandon Ingram, who is averaging 21.8 points, 5 rebounds and 5.7 assists while shooting 47% from the field. New Orleans has been excellent on the road this season, going 13-11 against the spread away from home. Their calling card is a balanced scoring attack, with six players averaging double figures in scoring.
The Trail Blazers offense runs through guard Anfernee Simons, who is averaging 23.2 points and 5.3 assists per contest. Portland is in the bottom third in the league in scoring at 108.4 points per game and relies heavily on the 3-point shot. The Blazers chuck up nearly 34 triples per game, hitting on 35.5% of those attempts. They have defended better of late, going 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 matchups. Portland is a mediocre 14-14 against the spread at home this year.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers 2/10/24 Game Info
|Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 10:00 PM ET
|Moda Center at the Rose Quarter
|ROOT Sports NW
|NBA League Pass
Brandon Ingram (SF) vs. Anfernee Simons (SG)
Brandon Ingram has played in 46 games this season for the Pelicans, averaging 33.1 minutes, 21.8 points, 5 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks while shooting 48 percent from the field. As an iron man for New Orleans he has started all 46 contests this year and excels at creating his own shot while also being an improved passer with a fantastic 2.3 assist-turnover ratio; although at times his three point shooting could use improvement.
Anfernee Simons has made strides during his inaugural full-time starting season for Portland, delivering 23.2 points per game in 33.9 minutes per night and adding 3.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and half a steal each night while shooting 43% from the field and 37% from three. Simons stands out with his quick scoring ability and shooting range; his impressive 2.1 assist to turnover ratio speaks to his playmaking prowess while remaining defensively and rebounding contributions remain below average for guards.
This matchup pits Ingram’s size and methodical scoring style against Simons’ quickness and three point shooting skills. He should be able to use his size advantage in midrange and paint to score, while Simons may take advantage of being at home court to keep pace with what promises to be an intense scoring duel between these talented young scorers.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
As betting odds for this matchup have yet to be set, bettors must keep a close watch on updates for more informed decisions. Both teams possess strengths and weaknesses which provide betting odds with insight into potential outcomes of this encounter.
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
The Pelicans come into this matchup playing well, going 3-2 straight up and against the spread over their last 5 contests. They have been solid on the road, covering the spread in 13 of their 24 away matchups. When playing in Portland recently, New Orleans has gone over the total in 2 of their last 5 meetings. With a 13-12 over/under record away from home, the Pelicans have been an almost even split on the over and under on the road.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
Over their last 5 games, the Trail Blazers are 2-3 straight up and 4-1 against the spread, showing some improvement after a dismal start. At home this season, Portland is right around .500 against the spread with a 14-14 mark. The over has hit in exactly 9 of the Trail Blazers’ 22 most recent games at the Moda Center. That trend of about 41% of home games going over figures to continue against a Pelicans squad with a middling defensive ranking.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers 2/10/24 Betting Picks
Based on the analysis and betting trends, the New Orleans Pelicans emerge as the better pick for this matchup. Their consistent performance, coupled with Brandon Ingram’s impact, positions them as favorites to secure a victory. Prop bets on Ingram’s scoring and assists could offer value for bettors, along with considerations for the over/under.
NBA daily free predictions suggest that the Pelicans have the edge in this contest, given their recent form and offensive firepower. However, bettors should remain vigilant, as the Trail Blazers have shown the ability to defy expectations.
Free Pick and Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans 115, Portland Trail Blazers 108.