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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 4/21/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




PORTLAND (49 - 36) at NEW ORLEANS (51 - 34)
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Saturday, 4/21/2018 5:05 PM
Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 4 - NOR Leads 3-0
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720NEW ORLEANS-6-7.5
PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games49-36-2.845-3337-48105.452.445.1%53.3103.250.644.9%51.3
Road Games21-21-0.622-1718-24104.451.144.6%53.9104.250.744.6%53.0
Last 5 Games1-4-5.81-41-496.648.841.4%54.8101.649.245.2%54.0
Playoff Games0-3-5.80-31-299.746.742.8%52.3109.054.350.6%49.0
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.452.439-8745.1%10-2836.4%17-2179.9%531019197135
vs opponents surrendering106.653.840-8646.1%11-2936.2%17-2276.7%511023208145
Team Stats (Road Games)104.451.139-8844.6%10-2735.1%17-2178.4%541019207135
Stats Against (All Games)103.250.639-8644.9%10-2736.6%16-2275.5%51920197125
vs opponents averaging106.653.840-8646.2%10-2936.1%17-2276.5%511023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)104.250.739-8744.6%10-2736.1%17-2375.1%531022198125

NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games51-34+10.148-3649-36111.657.848.5%52.0110.055.645.3%52.8
Home Games25-17-7.220-2129-13113.558.949.9%50.2111.656.246.4%50.7
Last 5 Games5-0+6.85-02-3112.456.651.4%51.499.446.442.9%53.6
Playoff Games3-0+4.83-01-2109.054.350.6%49.099.746.742.8%52.3
NEW ORLEANS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.657.843-8848.5%10-2836.4%16-2177.1%52927198146
vs opponents surrendering105.953.339-8646.0%10-2936.2%17-2276.5%511023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)113.558.944-8749.9%10-2735.4%17-2179.1%50828199156
Stats Against (All Games)110.055.642-9245.3%11-3135.4%16-2078.4%531124208144
vs opponents averaging10653.339-8645.9%10-2936.2%17-2276.9%511023208145
Stats Against (Home Games)111.656.242-9046.4%11-3037.4%16-2179.8%511024219154
Average power rating of opponents played: PORTLAND 95.9,  NEW ORLEANS 96.1
PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
3/18/2018@ LA CLIPPERS122-109W1.5W217O46-9250.0%571340-8944.9%498
3/25/2018@ OKLAHOMA CITY108-105W4W218U42-9046.7%551337-8444.0%4910
3/27/2018@ NEW ORLEANS107-103W-2W220.5U44-10541.9%521043-9445.7%6216
3/28/2018@ MEMPHIS103-108L-5.5L200.5O38-7948.1%481241-8448.8%5715
3/30/2018LA CLIPPERS105-96W-5W219.5U41-9543.2%581036-8940.4%6510
4/3/2018@ DALLAS109-115L-7L207O39-8744.8%561342-9245.7%517
4/5/2018@ HOUSTON94-96L11W211.5U39-8545.9%541834-7346.6%4515
4/7/2018@ SAN ANTONIO105-116L5L203O42-8847.7%451347-8456.0%457
4/9/2018@ DENVER82-88L4.5L220U31-9433.0%651731-8337.3%6112
4/14/2018NEW ORLEANS95-97L-5L216U37-9837.8%581241-8647.7%5414
4/17/2018NEW ORLEANS102-111L-6.5L217U41-9145.1%491643-8451.2%5014
4/19/2018@ NEW ORLEANS102-119L4L216O37-8046.2%502446-8752.9%4312
4/21/2018@ NEW ORLEANS              

NEW ORLEANS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
3/15/2018@ SAN ANTONIO93-98L4.5L219.5U36-9040.0%601437-9937.4%5910
3/22/2018LA LAKERS128-125W-3T231.5O52-9554.7%46743-8749.4%5116
3/24/2018@ HOUSTON91-114L8.5L225U38-9639.6%531645-9348.4%5819
3/30/2018@ CLEVELAND102-107L4.5L231.5U43-8948.3%441143-9047.8%5410
4/1/2018OKLAHOMA CITY104-109L-1L226.5U38-8345.8%512141-9543.2%6118
4/6/2018@ PHOENIX122-103W-12.5W217O45-9945.5%651537-9439.4%5614
4/7/2018@ GOLDEN STATE126-120W6W226O49-8756.3%40849-9054.4%4817
4/9/2018@ LA CLIPPERS113-100W-8.5W222.5U44-9546.3%54745-9845.9%6715
4/11/2018SAN ANTONIO122-98W-4W211.5O52-8859.1%561937-9240.2%4417
4/14/2018@ PORTLAND97-95W5W216U41-8647.7%541437-9837.8%5812
4/17/2018@ PORTLAND111-102W6.5W217U43-8451.2%501441-9145.1%4916
PORTLAND: The Blazers made few changes in the offseason, sticking with a nucleus of backcourt duo Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, along with Jusuf Nurkic, who joined the team via trade last season and helped fuel a push to the playoffs. The 7-footer known as the Bosnian Beast dropped lost about 35 pounds over the offseason in an effort to become quicker and more agile. A fan favorite, Nurkic suggested going into this season that the Blazers should become the NBA's Bad Boys, drawing inspiration from the Detroit Pistons of the 1980's and early '90s. A key for Nurkic'and the Blazers'is whether he can stay healthy. Another key will be who steps up to provide support for that trio. One candidate is rookie Caleb Swanigan, who was impressive in the preseason with Noah Vonleh recovering from a shoulder injury.
NEW ORLEANS: If Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins mesh well, if Jrue Holiday improves as a scorer, and most importantly, if New Orleans doesn't have more bad luck with injuries, the Pelicans could contend for a Western Conference playoff spot. After two sub-.500 seasons, there will be urgency to do so. Otherwise, the regime of general manager Dell Demps and head coach Alvin Gentry could end and Cousins could walk in free agency. Davis is the key to everything for New Orleans because of his dynamism, which allows him to score from inside and out, run the floor and defend the perimeter as well as block shots in the lane. He might not score as much this season while sharing the ball with Cousins, but he hopes to be more efficient.
Pelicans look to pull off sweep of Trail Blazers

NEW ORLEANS -- Before the 2017-18 regular season began, any conversation regarding the New Orleans Pelicans and brooms had something to do with the possibility the team would clean house.

That would have meant parting ways with coach Alvin Gentry and general manager Dell Demps if the Pelicans missed the playoffs for a third consecutive year despite having one of the NBA's best players in Anthony Davis.

But now, the broom means something very different.

Energized on both ends of the court, the Pelicans have the broom ready Saturday at the Smoothie King Center to sweep the faltering Portland Trail Blazers out of the Western Conference playoffs with a fourth consecutive victory in the first-round series.

With a win Saturday, the Pelicans would become the first playoff team seeded sixth or lower to sweep a first-round playoff series since the 2001 Charlotte Hornets swept the Miami Heat 3-0 in a best-of-five series.

"Closeout games are the hardest," said New Orleans guard Rajon Rondo, a 32-year-old veteran who is the Pelicans' second-oldest player, someone who has served as an on-court coach to his younger teammates. "That's what I'm going to try to explain to these guys. The first three might have been tough, but this last one is going to be very tough."

In routing the Blazers 119-102 on Thursday to take a 3-0 series lead, the Pelicans fed off a raucous sellout crowd and led by as many as 33 points in the second half, allowing Gentry to rest his starters. Davis finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds while nursing a sore left thumb, and forward Nikola Mirotic, acquired after center DeMarcus Cousins went down in late January with a season-ending Achilles injury, scored a career-playoff-high 30 points, with 14 in the first quarter.

Even though Portland's normally potent guard tandem of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum had their best game of the series -- combining for 42 of the Blazers' 102 points -- Lillard had trouble shaking free of the Pelicans' trapping defense, which forced the ball out of his hands. Lillard made just 5 of 14 shots, including 3 of 9 from 3-point range.

"They whooped our butt," said McCollum. "They beat us in every facet of the game: loose balls, rebounds, free-throw line, energy plays, 3-pointers in transition. ... You name it, and they did it."

The Pelicans have made a conscious decision to swarm Lillard and McCollum at every opportunity, daring other Blazers to beat them. Portland hasn't adjusted properly to the strategy. Lillard has shot 32.7 percent in the three losses.

"I don't think (defensive assistant coach) Darren Erman has gotten the credit that he deserves," Gentry said. "He put together a great defensive game plan. It was him that brought the game plan to me and said, 'This is what I want to do against them.'"

"You have to continue to mix it up and give them different looks," Gentry added. "Even doing that, those guys got some shots off and made some real difficult shots. We've just got to make sure that we stay locked in and not let them get into one of those zones when it starts to go in and it doesn't matter what kind of shot they're shooting that it's going to go in."

Making matters worse for the Blazers is their injury status. Both Moe Harkless (left knee) and Evan Turner (right toe) are questionable for Game 4.

Portland coach Terry Stotts said the Pelicans have been tough to handle because a different player each night has shredded the Blazers' defense.

"Going into the series, those four guys (Davis, Jrue Holiday, Mirotic and Rondo) have played extremely well," Stotts said. "(Mirotic) is the third different guy who's had a 30-point night. He's very efficient, and he made a lot of smart basketball plays as well."

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