Today’s NBA Free Pick Against the Spread | Pelicans at Trail Blazers

We head back to the NBA hardwood to check on a matchup between two teams currently on the outside looking in for the 8thseed in the Western Conference. The Portland Trailblazers will host the New Orleans Pelicans as they both shoot to sneak into the playoffs.

 


Game: New Orleans Pelicans (23-32, 27-25-3 ATS) at Portland Trail Blazers (25-31, 23-32-1 ATS)

When: 10:30 PM ET, Friday, February 21, 2020

Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon

Current Line: New Orleans -4   Total:  235.5

TV Coverage: ESPN, TSN


 

The Zion Factor

The New Orleans Pelicans are led by rookie phenom Zion Williamson. They are winners of 6 of their last 10 contests but have split their last six games. They currently sit at 23-32 and are 5.5 games out of the 8th seed.


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Since his NBA debut on January 22nd, Zion, a 6’6”, 284 lbs forward has scored 20 or more points in 8 of his first ten games, including the last 6. In fact, in his last 2 games before the All-Star break, Williamson has scored 31 and 32 points!

Having said all that, if the Pelicans are going to make a run at the postseason, the wins have to start coming now.

 


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New Orleans enters the contest relatively healthy for this point in the season. The Pelicans leaders are from a key trio including Williamson, who averages 22.1 point per game to go along with 7.5 rebounds. Brandon Ingram also puts up big numbers with 24.2 points per.

The Pelicans average 115.8 points a game, while allowing 117.3. These numbers have been better since Zion made his season debut.

Lillard Will Be Missed

The Trailblazers desperately need to pick up a win as they currently sit 4 games behind the Grizzlies for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They currently sit at 25-31 and are 6-4 in their last 10 contests.

The Blazers average 113.4 points per game, but will be missing a key piece to the team for this contest.

All World superstar Damian Lillard, who averages over 29 points per game, will miss this one with a groin injury. CJ McCollum and Carmelo Anthony will have to step up in a huge way to attempt to keep this offense going. This is a veteran bunch that will do whatever they can to keep this ship afloat while their superstar heals.

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Looking at this contest for wagering shows me a few trends worth noting.

The Pelicans are 5-1 straight up in their last 6 games they were listed as a favorite, as well as 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Pelicans are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings.

As well, the eye test just says that the Trailblazers are a substantially weaker team without Damian Lillard, and the Pelicans are a different team since Zion made his debut.

New Orleans has too much firepower with Lillard on the sideline and they will stop the Blazers in this one.

Today’s NBA Free Pick Against the Spread:  New Orleans Pelicans -4

Pick by Jarvis

About the Author

Jarvis Mahogany is a life long sports fanatic and long time gambler from Miami, Fla. His love of sports in shared/inherited from his father and two siblings who share the same sentiment. His willingness to gamble enabled him to produce a successful business in rental property and land development while maintaining a passion for sports gambling that continues to this day.

Moving to Atlanta, GA in early teens he picked up his first parlay cards and it was love at first sight. While obtaining a Bachelors Degree from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) he became the go to source for all things gambling among family and friends. A tradition that still carries on to this day.

With a focus primarily on offshore books he has spent years learning the ins and out of the industry and is always wiling to share tips or ideas for others. In addition, he has a great deal of knowledge in maximizing money in the offshore industry thru use of bonuses, contest and promotions.

His belief is that any success and longevity in this industry is directly related to value on wagers. His opinion is not getting +EV on the majority of your wagers is the quickest way to get and stay in the red in this industry.

Jarvis Mahogany currently resides in Atlanta, GA.