In one of the late games for the evening, the New Orleans Pelicans and the Portland Trail Blazers will meet on Saturday, February 10th, 2024 (10:10 PM ET/7:10 PM PT). The Trail Blazers, who will host the game, are underdogs at +7.0 (bet365). But they do have the scheduling luck on their side as the Pelicans played just last night in Los Angeles. My Pelicans vs Trail Blazers prediction is that the former team will still manage to cover the spread in this game.
NBA Matchup: Pelicans vs Trail Blazers
Away: New Orleans Pelicans Home: Portland Trail Blazers Game time: Saturday, February 10th, 2024 @ 10:10 PM ET Pelicans vs Trail Blazers odds (home team’s spread): +7.0 (bet365)
New Orleans vs Portland Prediction: Latest NBA News
The Pelicans lost to the Lakers on Friday night 139-122. None of the Pelicans’ starters logged huge minutes in the game. However, Brandon Ingram was up at 35 for the game while Zion Williamson played 32 minutes. The Pelicans have had some mixed results lately with a 6-5 record in their last 11 games.
New Orleans Pelicans injuries: recent news
There is not a lot to report for New Orleans and injuries as of the very early morning. Naji Marshall did not play on Friday, a second-string player for the team. However, since they just played on Friday, bettors will need to take a fresh look at this team before betting. You don’t want to see them lose either Ingram, Williamson, or Jonas Valanciunas to a minor injury.
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Portland last played on Thursday, a game that they lost in overtime to the Detroit Pistons. It marked the third straight loss for Portland, following two losses to Denver. The scores have not been terrible for the Trail Blazers in their recent losses. The game to Detroit was tied at the end of regulation. Meanwhile, in the two games at Denver, the Trail Blazers went a combined -21. That’s not a terrible two-game net-point differential given what the Nuggets have done at home this season.
Portland Trail Blazers injuries: recent news
Portland has a lot of roster concerns heading into this game. Malcolm Brogdon is questionable due to illness. Meanwhile, Anfernee Simons is out. Scoot Henderson is also questionable for the game. Meanwhile, Dalano Banton is a new player on the team with unclear playing status as he gets oriented to his new environment. Those are roster problems for this game that all affect guards.
Meanwhile, Portland’s center and backup center are both questionable heading into the day, DeAndre Ayton and Duop Reath respectively. If the Trail Blazers do not improve during the day, then this looks like a throwaway game.
Pelicans vs Trail Blazers Prediction: Betting Tips
In a worst-case scenario, Portland might be dependent on Matisse Thybulle and Ashton Hagans for ball-handling responsibilities. Hagans went -28 on point differential against Detroit. Bettors backing Portland need to see the guards improve but this is a game where +7.0 doesn’t look big enough.
Furthermore, the situation at the center position could be bad as well if both Ruop and Ayton miss. But even if just one of them misses, then Portland won’t have a good backup center on the court for some 20 minutes of the game. That could have Williamson and Valanciunas grabbing rebounds on both ends of the court. My recommendation is to back New Orleans to cover -7.0 at -110 (bet365).
Fantasy enthusiasts should be careful with Williamson and Ingram. They each played a lot last night. If New Orleans blows Portland out, then these two players might be good when they are on the court. However, you’d expect fewer minutes than average.