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Pelicans vs Trail Blazers Betting Matchup Report

Portland Trail BlazersNew Orleans Pelicans
24-6December 30, 2013, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena13-15

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Trail Blazers travelling to New Orleans Monday to face the Pelicans on Monday.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Pelicans are 13-15 so far on the season, and 12-14-2 ATS vs. the number. The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, are 24-6 and 18-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New Orleans go 16-12 and the Trail Blazers go 23-7 on the totals.

View Portland Trail Blazers vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Pelicans sat as 3.5-point underdogs. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 211.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 12-rated Pelicans and the No. 3-rated Trail Blazers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 102-97 win for the Trail Blazers on Monday.

The Trail Blazers were a 108-107 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Heat. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites, while the total score (215) made winners of OVER bettors. Portland suffered a 108-107 loss against Miami on Saturday, getting 23 points from Wesley Matthews in a losing effort at Rose Garden.

Last time out for New Orleans, they were a 107-98 loser as they battled the Rockets on the road. The Pelicans earned a push in the match as a 9-point underdog, while 205 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Ryan Anderson scored 22 points and added 12 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 107-98 against Houston in NBA action at Toyota Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 12-ranked offense (102.71 PPG) against a Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 26 at 102.63 PPG. The Pelicans have averaged 44.93% from the field per game, less than the Trail Blazers have managed so far this season (45.75% on average).

Next up:
Portland at Seattle, Tuesday, December 31st
New Orleans at Minnesota, Wednesday, January 1st