At 10:00 ET, the 14th-ranked Trail Blazers (21-57) will host the 7th-ranked Pelicans (46-32) at the Moda Center in Portland. The Pelicans are favored by 12.5 points and have a moneyline of -804, while the over/under is set at 213.

This Western Conference matchup will be televised on ROOT.


The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -12.5

This game will be played at Moda Center at 10:00 ET on Tuesday, April 9th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 112-91 in favor of the Pelicans.
  • Our projections have Zion Williamson finishing with Zion Williamson points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Pelicans finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.4% and knocking down 13 threes.

Can New Orleans Pull Out the Win as Road Favorites?

In Western Conference play, the Pelicans have gone 27-21 compared to 19-11 against non-conference opponents. This season, they are 46-32 overall, which has them in 7th place in the West.

On the road, the Pelicans have a record of 25-14, and they have won three straight games on the road. Against the spread, they are 21-17 on the road and 23-24 as the favorite.

Coming into today's game, the Pelicans have been favored in 48 of their 78 games. However, they have failed to cover the spread in their last five games as the favorite.

In their most recent game, the Pelicans defeated the Suns by a score of 113-105. The O/U line for that game was 221.5, and New Orleans was getting six points going into the game.

This season, the Pelicans have an O/U record of 34-44, and their games have averaged 225.5 points per game. Today's O/U line is set at 213, and 75 of their games have had higher over/under lines.

On the season, the Pelicans are 13th in the NBA in scoring at 115 points per game. Interestingly, they have actually scored more on the road (114.9) than at home (115.1).

When it comes to pace, New Orleans is 18th in the league at 97.2 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, the Pelicans are 9th in the NBA at 48%. Additionally, they are 10th in true shooting percentage.

So far this season, the Pelicans have outscored the NBA scoring average in 47.4% of their games. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are 8th in the league at 37% but are just 20th in three-point makes per game.

The Pelicans' defense is presently ranked 8th in the league, allowing an average of 110.5 points per contest. Opponents are hitting 55.3% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they're also connecting on 34.8% of their three-point attempts.

Do the Trail Blazers Have a Shot at a Home Win?

In their most recent game, the Trail Blazers fell to the Celtics by a score of 124-107. The combined scoring total was 231, surpassing the O/U line of 215.5.

Portland is 21-57 this season and is currently 14th in the Western Conference. In non-conference games, they are 13-17 compared to 8-40 against Western Conference opponents.

As the underdog, the Trail Blazers have an ATS record of 36-35 compared to going 20-52 straight-up. Today, they are 12.5-point underdogs and have gone 2-72 as the underdog this season.

For the season, Portland has an O/U record of 38-39-1. In their games, the average over/under line is 223, and their games have averaged 222.5 points.

Against the spread at home, the Trail Blazers are 16-21 and have covered the spread in their last two games at home. Overall, their ATS record is 37-40, and they are 21-19 ATS on the road.

Heading into their game against the Pelicans, the Blazers are 28th in the league in scoring at 106.9 points per game. However, they have been slightly better at home, where they are averaging 108.7 points per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Blazers are 25th in the league at 35%. Overall, they are 29th in field goal percentage at 44%.

Despite being 30th in assists, the Blazers are 3rd in offensive rebounds and are 6th in two-point attempts. In terms of pace, they are 17th in the league at 97.5 possessions per game.

The Trail Blazers' defense is presently ranked 19th in the league, allowing an average of 115.6 points per contest. The Trail Blazers defense is coming off a game in which they held the Celtics offense to just 39.2% shooting. Overall, they gave up 124 points to Boston.