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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers Predictions and Preview for 3/30/2022

New Orleans Pelicans takes on Portland Trail Blazers on 3/30/2022 at 10:10 PM.

The New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers face off in an important game for both teams. New Orleans Pelicans has a record of 32-43 this regular season. Portland Trail Blazers is 27-48 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

New Orleans Pelicans Team Defense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 112.5, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. Their defensive efforts at keeping offenses from getting to the rim should not go unnoticed. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

New Orleans Pelicans Team Offense Preview




Their offensive efficiency is 111.5, which makes them a below average offense in the NBA and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .555 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .517, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .367 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .333 of their shots from three point range. This team is dreadful from beyond the arc, they have shooters, but they need makers. They made .788 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They rebounded 26.5% of their missed shots. This is an above average offensive rebounding team.

Portland Trail Blazers Team Defense Preview

Their defensive efficiency is 116.4, there is a lot of work to do here. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

This is not a defense that is able to impose their will on opposing offenses when it comes to shot selection. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

Portland Trail Blazers Team Offense Preview


Their offensive efficiency is 108.8, which makes them a below average offense in the NBA and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .552 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .517, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .421 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .347 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .760 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They successfully retrieved 23.4% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

The New Orleans Pelicans Roster

The Players to Watch for New Orleans Pelicans

Herbert Jones 6-8 210 PF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Jonas Valančiūnas 6-11 265 C

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He makes an effort to get offensive rebounds, but he is not a leader in this metric.

Devonte’ Graham 6-1 195 PG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He likes to drift out there on offense, he is not very active near the rim. Three point shooting is an important part of his game. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The Portland Trail Blazers Roster

The Players to Watch for Portland Trail Blazers

Anfernee Simons 6-3 181 SG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Jusuf Nurkić 6-11 290 C

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

Getting to the rim is important to him. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He is a below average three point shooter. Getting to the Free Throw Line is an important part of his game. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He will be looking to cut down on his turnovers, better decision-making and more alertness on the offensive end should help. He makes an effort to get offensive rebounds, but he is not a leader in this metric.

Ben McLemore 6-3 195 SG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He likes to drift out there on offense, he is not very active near the rim. Three point shooting is an important part of his game. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans 109 Portland Trail Blazers 102

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