The best road team in the NBA faces a tough test when the Portland Trail Blazers (8-3) visit the New Orleans Pelicans (6-5). New Orleans is right around a 6-6.5 favorite as both teams are playing on the back-to-back in the Trail Blazers vs Pelicans matchup.

Before Betting on Trail Blazers vs Pelicans

Portland continued a successful road trip with a 105-95 victory in Charlotte on Wednesday night. That puts them at 3-1 on their current stretch away from the Moda Center which includes tough wins in Phoenix and in Miami. Portland lost to the Suns by 20 on Saturday in their last game on 0 days rest but also beat Denver 135-110 in a back-to-back earlier in the season.

The Trail Blazers still have one more road game in Dallas on Saturday, so you wonder how the jet lag is getting to them so far. That being said, this is a ‘get up’ game against former teammate CJ McCollum who was sent to the Pelicans last trade deadline. This will be the first time the former backcourt combo of McCollum and Damian Lillard will play each other in an NBA game.

Somewhat lost in the Trail Blazers playing in a back-to-back in the midst of a road trip is that New Orleans was on the road Wednesday night too winning 115-111 in Chicago. The Pelicans have played six of their last seven games (and 3 of 11 on the season) away from the Smoothie King Center. Zion Williamson played 37 minutes when the Pelicans had a back-to-back last weekend so the oft-injured PF looks like a full go here.

Portland vs New Orleans NBA Offshore Betting Odds

Offshore SportsbookMoneylineTotalSpread
BetOnlineBlazers (3.1) | Pelicans (1.4)225Blazers +6.5 (1.9) | Pelicans -6.5 (1.9)
BovadaBlazers (3.20) | Pelicans (1.37)225Blazers +6.5 (1.9) | Pelicans -6.5 (1.9)
BetUSBlazers (3.05) | Pelicans (1.4)225Blazers +6.5 (1.9) | Pelicans -6.5 (1.9)
SportsBetting.agBlazers (3.1) | Pelicans (1.4)225Blazers +6.5 (1.9) | Pelicans -6.5 (1.9)
PinnacleBlazers (3.13) | Pelicans (1.41)225.5Blazers +6.5 (1.9) | Pelicans -6.5 (1.9)
MyBookieBlazers (3.1) | Pelicans (1.4)225Blazers +6.5 (1.9) | Pelicans -6.5 (1.9)

Trail Blazers vs Pelicans Prediction & Pick

The first thing that jumps out about this line is that it seems way too high in a matchup of a good road team Portland (5-1 in away games) and two squads on the back-to-back. The gambling instinct says take New Orleans giving the points because of this line, and especially with Portland possibly missing Jusuf Nurkic (groin) and Jerami Grant (ankle) in their front court.
Pick: Pelicans -6.5