The last game on the opening day of the NBA Playoffs is in the Western Conference and it features No.3 seed Portland hosting No.6 seed New Orleans and ESPN will have the coverage at 7:35 PDT.
Both teams enter the playoffs coming from opposite ends of the spectrum. The Trail Blazers had to defeat Utah in its final regular season contest to secure the 3rd seed after losing four in a row. The Pelicans are on a 5-0 SU and ATS surge and appear very dangerous. In reviewing the NBA odds for series wagering we found this at 5Dimes:
NBA Series Odds: Portland -210 and New Orleans +175
In Game 1 of the series, the Blazers are a -5.5 point favorite, with a total of 217.5. Here is the lid-lifter breakdown for each team.
The Portland backcourt is one the best in the NBA with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combining to average 48.3 points per game. This is the Trail Blazers meal ticket to success and to win and cover in this confrontation and the series, they will need a decided edge over their Pelicans counterparts.