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NBA Pick: Rogers betting the Pelicans +4.5 points on October 24th 2017

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trailblazers
NBA Point Spread Pick: NO +4.5 points (October 24th 2017)

The set-up: The New Orleans Pelicans snapped an 11-game losing streak in Portland when they closed the regular season six months ago but when they return to Portland tonight for a game with the Blazer, they will again need to break a Portland winning streak. Tonight’s contest marks the Blazers’ home opener and Portland will take the court tonight at the Moda Center, having won an NBA-record 16 consecutive home openers, dating to a 96-86 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers back in 2000. The Pelicans are 1-2 to open the new season and the Blazers check in at 2-1.

New Orleans: The Pelicans will be without starter Rajon Rondo (core muscle surgery) for at least another month, so New Orleans signed veteran PG Jameer Nelson on Sunday. He played against the Lakers later that night and contributed five points and five assists in 24 minutes, as the Pelicans won for the first time this season, 119-112. The 35-year-old Nelson could find himself in the starting lineup alongside Jrue Holiday. “There is nothing on the court that is going to startle or scare me,” Nelson told reporters Monday after his first practice with the team. “Anything is possible. You can’t really put your finger on what’s going to happen, why it’s happening, when it’s going to happen. Just be ready.” The Pelicans have their own version of “the Twin Towers,” as Davis is averaging 31.7 & 16.7 and Cousins 28.7 & 11.7.

Portland: The Blazers will again be relying on the backcourt duo of Lillard (23.7-5.7-5.3) and McCollum (27.0 & 5.0). However, for Portland to really move up in the Western Conference, the Blazers will need center Jusuf Nurkic, who made such a splash after arriving in a trade-deadline deal with the Denver Nuggets last season, to “keep it up.” He’s averaging 13.0 & 8.0 but is shooting only 43.2 percent from the floor with 13 turnovers in the three games. “Slow start. I must be better, and I’m going to be,” Nurkic told NBC Sports Northwest. “It just takes time. I’m getting there. On defense, I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. If I could make shots, it would be different. Unfortunately, I’m missing, so I just have to get back to work and trust myself.”
The pick: New Orleans is going to need to find a reliable third scoring option beyond Anthony Davis and Boogie Cousins but that seems very doable to me. The Pelicans took three of four meeting from the Blazers last season and here, I expect them to end that long Portland winning streak in home openers. Take the road team.

Timberwolves vs. Trailblazers NBA Prediction from Scott Rickenbach: March 25th 2017

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trailblazers
NBA Prediction: Wolves +7 (March 25th 2017)

Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach is RANKED as a TOP CAPPER in 2017 with $38,620 YTD premium pick profit. Friday: HUGE 7-2 with all picks including CBB Game of the Year WINNER on Kentucky! Saturday: 2 NBA/2 CBB/2 NHL/2 Free. Current Runs: 74-43 all NBA; Premiums: 215-171 +$40,170 all sports; 93-71 CBB; 75-62 +$21,020 NHL. Here is a Free Pick in the NBA for LATE Saturday:

Free Pick – Rickenbach NBA Saturday Minnesota Timberwolves (+) @ Portland Trail Blazers @ 10:05 ET – Of course with Minny off of an OT loss last night and then having to travel to Portland for this game, the whole world will likely line up on the Trail Blazers here. However, keep in mind, the Timberwolves had 2 days off before facing Los Angeles and they have 2 days off after facing Portland. The point is that they’ve still got some energy in the tank and they’ve got no reason to be worried about expending it either as they don’t play again until Tuesday. While the Blazers are playing with the pressure of still having a shot a playoff spot the T-wolves have no such pressure and can play loose and relaxed in this game.

The points being offered here are significant for two reasons. One is that the road team has covered each of the last four meetings between these teams. The other is the fact that all 4 of those games were decided by 6 points or less! The Timberwolves are 4-2 ATS their last 6 back to back situations and one of the two ATS losses was a game decided by 7 points. Look for the T-wolves to keep this one much closer than many are expecting as Portland drops to 5-8 ATS this season when off of a win by 10 points or more. Free Pick on MINNESOTA late Saturday night. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach