After the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, the Western Conference playoff race is a tight one. Two teams involved in that race, the Portland Trail Blazers and the New Orleans Pelicans, will meet in New Orleans on Tuesday. Tip-off is at 8 PM ET.
The Trail Blazers went into Oklahoma City and beat the Thunder 108-105 on Sunday in a key matchup of two teams battling for the No. 3 seed in the West. Going into that game, the Trail Blazers had lost two games in a row, which broke a 13-game winning streak. Portland is now just 2.5 games up on New Orleans, so this game is important for playoff positioning.
The Pelicans are 43-31 following a 114-91 loss in Houston on Saturday, a game in which New Orleans was down by 27 points at halftime and couldn’t recover. PF Anthony Davis led the way with 25 points and eight rebounds for the Pelicans, who had won four in a row going into that game.
The Pelicans are 6-4 SU and ATS in their 10 meetings with the Trail Blazers, who have lost both meetings with New Orleans this season. Six of the meetings have gone over the posted total.