Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Preview
The Portland Trail Blazers (26-17) welcome the New Orleans Pelicans (24-21) into Moda Center tonight. This will be game four on the Pelicans five-game road trip. A trip in which they are 1 and 2, where they beat the Clippers but lost to the Timberwolves and Warriors. Portland just got off a 129-112 home victory against the Cavaliers and look to take care of a New Orleans team that can’t wait to get back home. Especially coming off a tough loss in Oracle.
Time: 10:30pm ET
Arena: Moda Center, Portland, OR
Channel: FSNO, NSNW
Portland Trail Blazers Starting Lineup
The Trail Blazers are coming off a 129-112 victory against the Cavaliers Wednesday night at Moda Center. Jusef Nurkic was able to get his first career triple-double by putting up 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists and also got five blocks.
Damian Lillard scored the most points with 33 and CJ McCollum also had 19. Portland was without Maurice Harkless for the fifth straight game because of left knee soreness. His knee has been a continuing problem for him throughout the season, and he will be questionable for tonight as well.
Portland’s record of 27-19 is currently fourth in the Western Conference standings. The Blazers also have the most Western Conference home victories with 19.
New Orleans Pelicans Starting Lineup
New Orleans is coming off a tough game at Oracle where they lost 140-147. In that game, Steph Curry had a big game putting up 37 points with seven 3-pointers.
The good news is that Anthony Davis returned from a two-game absence with a sprained right elbow. He performed well shooting just 6 of 16 for 17 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists. Nicola Mirotic scored 29 points while playing only 29 minutes because the Pelicans medical staff is still monitoring his right ankle. They have slowing increased his minutes from 17 on Monday to 29 on Wednesday.
Point guard Jrue Holiday had 25 points with seven assists while his backup Elfrid Payton contributed 12 assists. It should also be noted that New Orleans only has two road wins versus Western Conference teams and this matchup in Portland will be their third road game in a row on the west coast. Fatigue should be closely monitored with all of the traveling they have endured.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Betting Odds
The Trail Blazers are currently 3-point favorites after opening up at -4.5. The over/under is 233.5 points after opening up at 234.5.
Portland is 19-7 at home and 21-6 as the favorite. New Orleans has an awful 6-18 on the road and are 6-14 as an underdog.
DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks
Damian Lillard ($9.8k) and Anthony Davis ($11.3k) are fantasy standouts for tonight’s game. Lillard is projected for a big night, with 52.18 points on FanDuel. Davis has put up monster numbers when healthy and he is projected for 57.91 points.
C.J. McCollum ($6.7k) and Elfrid Payton ($5.8k) are fantasy values. McCollum, an outside shooting thread for Portland is expected to finish the night with 40.28 points, making his points per salary incredibly valuable. Payton has done well since returning to the lineup, and he’s slated for 29.23 points. For a slightly higher salary, Julius Randle is also worth a look.
Find all of our Fanduel and Draftkings projections here: https://www.lineups.com/nba/nba-fantasy-basketball-projections.