Trail Blazers vs. Pelicans NBA Pick – Thursday, April 7, 2022

| April 6, 2022 3:03 pm PDT

The NBA regular season is almost complete, but we still have a few more regular-season games. A few games have playoff implications, but that’s not the case with the Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans.

New Orleans has clinched a spot in the play-in tournament, but they want to hold onto the No. 9 spot. Portland has been checked out for a while as they look ahead to next season.

I’m sure everyone knows the Pelicans are the favorite, but there could be value in this matchup. Take a look at the odds.

Trail Blazers vs. Pelicans Odds for April 7th

Portland Trail Blazers (+16.5)-110
New Orleans Pelicans (-16.5)-110
Over 223-110
Under 223-110

The Portland Trail Blazers have been in free fall since the all-star break. Surprisingly, this isn’t their biggest spread of the season. Portland was a 20-point underdog to the Utah Jazz on March 9.

Overall, the Trail Blazers have covered a league-worst 30 times. They’ve only covered once in the last eight games, but that came against the New Orleans Pelicans. Portland has gone under their point total in six of their previous eight games.

New Orleans has alternated covering the spread in their last six games. They covered in their previous game, so the trend tells you they won’t cover against Portland.

The Pelicans have been a low-scoring team, going under the point total in 47 of 79 games. That includes eight of their last ten games.

Portland has too many injuries to count. Damian Lillard, Jusuf Nurkic, Anfernee Simons, and more are out for the season. Jonas Valanciunas missed Tuesday night’s game with knee soreness.

Make sure you check out BetOnline before betting on Thursday night’s game.

Trail Blazers vs. Pelicans Analysis

It has been a brutal season for the Portland Trail Blazers. They’ve dealt with numerous injuries, and traded CJ McCollum and Norman Powell at the NBA trade deadline.

Between those moves and injuries, we’ve seen the Trail Blazers have starting lineups that include CJ Elleby and Greg Brown. I won’t blame you if you aren’t familiar with those players. Ben McLemore is probably the most recognizable name in their lineup.

Portland has only won two games since the all-star break. Check out the worst records post-all-star break in NBA history.

  • San Diego Rockets (1967-68): 1-32
  • Golden State Warriors (2000-01): 2-32
  • Philadelphia 76ers (2015-16): 2-27

Needless to say, the Trail Blazers are looking forward to the 2022-23 season.

The Pelicans picked a good time to play their best basketball. They’ve won eight of their last 12 games to clinch a spot in the play-in tournament.

New Orleans has been without Zion Williamson all season. Brandon Ingram acted as their star player, but they needed someone else if they wanted to make a playoff push. That led to them acquiring McCollum.

The trade has worked out great for New Orleans and McCollum. Check out his 2021-22 numbers with the Trail Blazers and Pelicans.

  Trail Blazers (36 games) Pelicans (23 games)
Points 20.5 25.7
Assists 4.5 6.1
Field Goal Percentage 43.6 50.1

McCollum has become a much more efficient player with the Pelicans. The updated NBA Finals odds have them as a longshot, but McCollum gives them a chance to advance out of the play-in tournament.

New Orleans picked up a 10-point victory over Portland on March 30. Four players scored 18+ points, with McCollum scoring a game-high 25 points.

The only way Portland will win this game is if their offense steps up. That’ll be a tall task considering the state of their roster.

Trail Blazers vs. Pelicans Same Game Parlay

  • CJ McCollum Under 6.5 Assists (-142)
  • Herbert Jones Under 4.5 Rebounds (-114)
  • Jonas Valanciunas Under 19.5 Points (-116)

The Portland Trail Blazers lineup is ever-changing, so it’s an all New Orleans Pelicans parlay. This parlay gives you (+471) odds, meaning you’ll earn $471 on a $100 bet.

CJ McCollum’s assist numbers are up since joining the Pelicans. However, we haven’t seen him dish the ball much lately.

McCollum has only cleared 6.5 assists once in his last ten games. He has had a few games with six assists, but that pays for the under. McCollum recorded four assists in the Pelicans’ last matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Brandon Ingram is doubtful, so McCollum will likely be more of a scorer. I wouldn’t count on him having seven assists.

Herbert Jones is having a solid season, but he’s not doing much in the rebounding department. Check out his last five games.

  • Vs. Lakers: 2 rebounds
  • @ Trail Blazers: 1 rebound
  • @ Lakers: 1 rebound
  • @ Clippers: 8 rebounds
  • @ Kings: 0 rebounds

I’d consider the game against the Sacramento Kings an outlier. That’s the only time in his last nine games he has cleared 4.5 rebounds. I doubt he does it on Thursday night.

Jonas Valanciunas should return after missing Tuesday’s game with knee soreness. Will he return with a 20-point game? My money is on no.

Valanciunas has gone six straight games without scoring 20 points. He nearly did it in his last matchup with the Trail Blazers but fell one point short. This might seem like a good spot to take advantage of his over, but I’m not doing it.

Trail Blazers vs. Pelicans Pick 

I have little interest in betting on the spread for this matchup. I don’t like betting on a big spread, but the Portland Trail Blazers are so bad that I can’t back them.

However, I can go against the Trail Blazers offense and take the under. Their 103.9 points per game since the all-star break is the worst in the NBA. It wouldn’t surprise me if they failed to crack 100 points.

This might not be the most exciting matchup, but it’s another betting opportunity. Our NBA picks page will update you with the latest game picks and player props.

Nicholas Sterling

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