Basketball Odds: New Orleans Hornets vs. Portland Trail Blazers

April 2, 2012 NBA Basketball

The Hornets from the Mardi Gras city fly into the Rose Garden of Portland tonight to face off against the Trail Blazers. Tip off is scheduled for 10:00ET.

The banged up crew from New Orleans did manage a win against Golden State last night 102-87. The Hornets were without an ill Chris Kaman, Emeka Okafor with a sore knee, Trevor Ariza with a sore ankle and Gustavo Ayon who remained in New Orleans to celebrate the birth of his baby. Eric Gordon also remained among the missing. Start your Basketball Betting action on New Orleans Hornets vs. Portland Trail Blazers game.

Marco Bellini led the Hornet attack with 22 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. Carl Landry and Jarret Jack had 20 points a piece as well. Even though short handed, New Orleans played a solid forty eight minutes committing only 9 turnovers, while forcing Golden State into 16. New Orleans remains dead last in the Western Conference with an overall mark of 13-37. They are 8-16 on the road. For what it’s worth, they are 3-1 in their last 4 road affairs.

Since dismissing Nate McMillan, the Trail Blazers have gone just 3-4. On Tuesday, they lost to first place Oklahoma City 109-95. They were missing Raymond Felton in that one who was attending to his ill mother, but are hoping he is able to return tonight. Waiver acquisition, J.J. Hickson came off the bench and shot 9 of 10 from the field, netting a total of 21 points against the Thunder. La Marcus Aldridge grabbed 8 rebounds. Jamal Crawford continues to slump, hitting only 1 for 7 from the field, adding to his dismal 9 for 49 in the last five games.

The Blazers were outscored 50-36 in the paint. This is the last of a three game homestand for Portland who, after starting the year on fire, winning 11 of their first 12 at home, have gone 5-8 since. Apparently the bloom is off the Rose ( Garden ). Portland at 23-27 on the year is last in the Northwest Division. Coming off that fast start, they have a home record of 16-9. Check the Online Sportsbook Odds for New Orleans Hornets vs. Portland Trail Blazers game.

The Trail Blazers are 8 point home favorites, if you’re willing to lay $110 to win $100. Another $110 laydown will be required to bet the over/under of 185.

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