The New Orleans Pelicans will visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, March 1st, in the second of four meetings this season. The Trail Blazers won the first meeting by a score of 106-95.
The 30-32 Pelicans are 10th in the Western Conference and have lost 15 of their last 19 games. New Orleans is currently ranked 15th in points per game and 21st in offensive rating, while ranking 17th in opponents points per game and ninth in defensive rating.
The 29-32 Trail Blazers are in 11th place in the Western Conference. Portland is currently ranked 12th in points per game and fourth in offensive rating. They have struggled on the less flashy side of the ball, however, ranking 18th in opponents points per game and 27th in defensive rating.
The Pelicans are 10-21 on the road, while the Trail Blazers are 17-14 at home.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers Match Details
Fixture: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 1st, 10:00 p.m. EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers Injury Report
The New Orleans Pelicans will be without superstar forward Zion Williamson, who will miss his 26th consecutive game with a right hamstring strain. Guard Jose Alvarado and forward Larry Nance Jr. will also be sidelined with a right tibia stress reaction and left ankle sprain, respectively. Starting center Jonas Valanciunas is listed as questionable with a left calf contusion, while guard Josh Richardson is also questionable with a right quad contusion.
The Portland Trail Blazers will be without starting shooting guard Anfernee Simons and starting center Jusuf Nurkic, who are out with a right ankle sprain and left calf strain, respectively. Forward Justise Winslow will also be sidelined with a left ankle sprain, while guard Ryan Arcidiacono is questionable with lower back pain.
|Zion Williamson||New Orleans Pelicans||Out||Hamstring|
|Jose Alvarado||New Orleans Pelicans||Out||Leg|
|Larry Nance Jr.||New Orleans Pelicans||Out||Ankle|
|Jonas Valanciunas||New Orleans Pelicans||Questionable||Calf|
|Josh Richardson||New Orleans Pelicans||Questionable||Quad|
|Anfernee Simons||Portland Trail Blazers||Out||Ankle|
|Jusuf Nurkic||Portland Trail Blazers||Out||Calf|
|Justise Winslow||Portland Trail Blazers||Out||Ankle|
|Ryan Arcidiacono||Portland Trail Blazers||Questionable||Back|
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers Betting Odds and Spread
|New Orleans Pelicans||+1.5|
|Portland Trail Blazers||-1.5|
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers Starting 5s
Pelicans – PG CJ McCollum, SG Brandon Ingram, SF Trey Murphy III, PF Herbert Jones, C Jonas Valanciunas
Blazers – PG Damian Lillard, SG Matisse Thybulle, SF Cam Reddish, PF Jerami Grant, C Drew Eubanks
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers Betting Prediction
The New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers both remain in the Western Conference postseason hunt, however, both teams have struggled lately. Look for the Trail Blazers to hand the Pelicans their fifth straight loss in the first career meeting between longtime teammates CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard. Furthermore, expect Portland to win this contest by at least two points.