Pelicans Could Make Matchup Difficult for Banged-Up Pelicans

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Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 2:27 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018 2:27 PM UTC

Portland has been undervalued this season, and tonight is another perfect example. They are underdogs against a New Orleans team dealing with all kinds of injury issues.

Tuesday NBA: Trail Blazers vs. PelicansFree NBA Pick: Trail Blazers +1½Best Line Offered: Heritage

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The Pelicans beat the Blazers in their last two meetings, but DeMarcus Cousins was healthy in both. New Orleans is a completely different team without him, especially trying to match up against Portland's Jusuf Nurkic with Cousins not in the lineup.

In addition to the battle down low now favoring the Blazers, the Pelicans could be without another couple of important players. Nikola Mirotic and Rajon Rondo are questionable. If they sit out with Cousins, the Blazers are going to win.

Portland is on a hot streak on the NBA odds board, going 11-1-1 ATS in their last 13 games and 4-1 ATS on the road since the All-Star break. While tonight's game should be tight, the Pelicans’ offense might not have enough firepower if Mirotic and Rondo don't play.

Without those two on Saturday at Houston, the Pelicans were held to 91 points:

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Tonight, against the Blazers' stacked and healthier frontcourt, the Pelicans might find it hard to score again.

Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis can’t do it all for New Orleans. Holiday was limited to 10 points against the Rockets, and that was without Chris Paul defending him. Now the Pelicans will have to contend with C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard. It could be a long night for New Orleans, so with your NBA picks take Portland and the points.

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