Trail Blazers vs Pelicans: NBA Betting Lines, Odds and Trends – March 18, 2021

Written By Staff on March 18, 2021

Damian Lillard leads the Portland Trail Blazers (23-16) into a matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans (17-23) after going off for 50 points in a 125-124 win over the Pelicans. The Trail Blazers are  favorites in the matchup on Thursday, March 18, which starts at 10:00 PM ET on NBCS-NW. The over/under for the matchup is set at .

The betting insights in this article reflect odds data from DraftKings Sportsbook as of March 18, 2021, 12:40 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Trail Blazers vs Pelicans Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of March 18

Trail Blazers:
Harry Giles III: Day To Day (Calf),
Jusuf Nurkic: Out (Wrist),
Zach Collins: Out (Ankle)

JJ Redick: Out (Heel)

Trail Blazers and Pelicans Records ATS

  • Portland’s record against the spread is 19-20 this season.
  • The Trail Blazers are 9-13 against the spread this season when they are at least a 1-point favorite.
  • Portland and its opponents have outscored the set over/under in 56.4% of its games this season (22/39).
  • New Orleans has a 19-21 record ATS this season.
  • The Pelicans only hold a 6-13 record against the spread this season when they enter a game as at least a 1-point underdog.
  • 27 of New Orleans’ 40 games (67.5%) this season have gone over the over/under.

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Head to Head

Lillard (50 points) led the Trail Blazers over Brandon Ingram (30 points) and the Pelicans 125-124 in their most recent matchup on March 16, 2021. The Trail Blazers were favored by 2 points in the game, but the Pelicans covered the spread. The 249 total points in the matchup went over the 239-point over/under.

Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
3/16/2021 Trail Blazers Trail Blazers -2 239 -126 105 Regular Season 125-124 POR
2/17/2021 Pelicans Pelicans -4 237 -168 139 Regular Season 126-124 POR
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Scoring Trends

  • Portland and its opponents have hit the over on Thursday’s 241.5 total in 12 out of 39 games (30.8%) this season.
  • In 14 out of New Orleans’ 41 games this year (34.1%), the competing teams scored a higher point total than the over/under in Thursday’s matchup.
  • This season the average total for Trail Blazers games is 230.7 points, 10.8 fewer than the over/under of 241.5 points for this contest.
  • Pelicans’ games have an over/under of 231.1 points this season, 10.4 points fewer than the total points bet for this matchup.
  • The average implied total for the Trail Blazers this season is 117.8 points, 4.2 fewer points than their implied total of 122 points in Thursday’s game.
  • Portland has scored more than its implied point total for this matchup (122) 15 times this season.
  • The average implied point total on the season for the Pelicans (115.6) is 4.4 fewer points than the team’s implied total in this matchup (120).
  • New Orleans has scored more than 120 points in 16 games this season.
  • The Trail Blazers are at the sixth spot in the NBA’s scoring charts (115.1 PPG), while the Pelicans allow the 27th-fewest points per game (115.6) in the league.
  • The Trail Blazers have been out-scored by 18 points this season (0.5 points per game on average), and opponents of the Pelicans have out-scored them by 103 more points on the year (2.5 per game).

Trail Blazers Leaders

  • Lillard leads the Trail Blazers in scoring (30.4 points per game) and assisting (8.0 assists per game).
  • Enes Kanter paces Portland with 11.6 rebounds per game.
  • CJ McCollum is the top three-point shooter for the Trail Blazers, connecting on 4.6 per game.
  • Robert Covington leads Portland in both blocks and steals, averaging 1.2 blocks and 1.6 steals per game.

Pelicans Leaders

  • Zion Williamson owns the Pelicans top spot in scoring with 25.6 points per game and also tacks on 6.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest.
  • Steven Adams (9.1 rebounds per game) and Lonzo Ball (5.5 assists per game) are the New Orleans leaders in rebounds and assists.
  • Ball makes more threes per game than any other member of the Pelicans, cashing in 3.0 treys per game.
  • Ball is at the top of New Orleans’ steals hierarchy with 1.3 steals per game and Ingram leads the squad in blocks with 0.8 per game.


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