Two of the league’s most prolific offenses clash on Friday, March 15 as the Trail Blazers (41-26, 16-17 away) and Pelicans (30-40, 18-15 home) try to out-gun one another in New Orleans. Tip off time for this old-fashioned shoot-out is 8:00 p.m. EST at Smoothie King Center.
Both squads have been generating plenty of excitement – and plenty of points – this season with their high-octane offenses. New Orleans is averaging 115.6 points on 44.0 shooting from the field and 35.0% from beyond the arc. They’re fifth in rebounds and fourth in assists. The Pelicans have been led this season by Anthony Davis, who is averaging 26.5 points per game on 49.0% shooting.
The Trail Blazers have been scoring at a pretty decent clip themselves. Portland is generating 114.0 points on 44.0% shooting from the floor and 36.0% from beyond the arc. They’re third in rebounds and 24th in assists. The Trail Blazers owe many of their wins this season to Damian Lillard, who is scoring 26.0 points per contest.
If Portland’s offense falters, they’ll have to rely on their D to keep them in the game. The Trail Blazers are giving up 110.5 points per game, and are holding opponents to 47.0% from the field and 36.0% from deep. Portland forces 13 turnovers per game and is third in the league in rebounding.
These two clubs have met two times in 2018-19, with the Trail Blazers winning on two occasions. The last time they played on January 19th, 2019, Portland won 128- 112 behind 24 points from Damian Lillard.
Online sports betting sites are believers in these high-powered offenses, as they’ve set the game total at a healthy 236, with the Trail Blazers opening as 7.0-point favorites. Portland is 38-29-0 against the spread this season and 37-30-0 over/under, compared to 33-36-1 ATS and 38-32-0 over/under for New Orleans.