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Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Gambling & NBA Handicapping Prediction

The Portland Trail Blazers are struggling, but a matchup against the 26-38 New Orleans Pelicans offers them their most favorable matchup of a brutal five-game road trip.

Portland

For the first time all year, the Portland Trail Blazers have lost four games in a row. That’s a huge testament to how dominant they were early in the year, but it’s also a huge red flag with the playoffs right around the corner.

At this point, the Blazers have gone from fighting for a top-three seed to needing every win to retain any sort of home-court advantage.
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To make matters worse, LaMarcus Aldridge is out for two games and Mo Williams is out for two weeks, leaving doubt in some people’s minds as to whether or not this team will even make the postseason.

Simply put: The chances of this group falling out of the top eight are slim. However, there’s a very real chance that it could get jumped in the standings by the Golden State Warriors, and even the Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies if it’s not careful.

It’s do-or-die time for Rip City, meaning the Blazers must win every winnable game moving forward, including this one Friday night against the Pelicans.

New Orleans

If the New Orleans Pelicans are smart, they’ll swarm Damian Lillard from start to finish.

When LaMarcus Aldridge missed time following the All-Star Break, the point guard picked up his game to a season-high level and completely took over the offense. With Aldridge out again, he’ll look to do the same, making him priority No. 1 for the New Orleans defense.

On offense, look for Anthony Davis to work his magic. Although the big man is clearly known for his defense at this point in his career—he’s averaging a league-best 2.93 blocks per night—he’s becoming a sound offensive player as well.

He’s averaging 20.8 points on 52.3 percent shooting—not to mention 10.2 rebounds with a PER of 26.62—and he should be able to take full advantage of whomever Portland chooses to fill Aldridge’s spot, whether that be Thomas Robinson or Dorell Wright.

The good news for New Orleans is that it has Portland at its lowest point of the season. The bad news is that the Blazers are now desperate, and their first players-only meeting of the year may have been what they needed to turn things around.

Don’t expect this to be an easy win for Portland, but don’t be shocked if the road team comes away with a much-needed victory.

Prediction: Portland 99 – New Orleans 97

Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs betting odds, prediction, trends, preview

Miami is a road underdog again and they are tough in this role. Tony Parker is back and the Spurs are favored on the NBA betting menu Thursday.

Since losing three straight to end the month of January, the San Antonio Spurs are 11-3 SU and 7-7 ATS over their last 14 games including wins in each of their last four games.

The Spurs face a tough challenge at home Thursday night hosting the Miami Heat. San Antonio was an early 2.5-point favorite at home, according to Sports Interaction.

The San Antonio Spurs were hit with a slew of injuries back in January but managed to stay afloat while key players got healthy. Now that the team is back to 100%, the Spurs appear to be rounding into form with a 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS record over their last eight games.

The offense has been excellent over that stretch averaging 110.5 points per game over the seven wins. With a top 10 offense and defense and a healthy roster, the Spurs should contend with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the top spot in the Western Conference over the last 22 games of the regular season.

The Houston Rockets managed to hold LeBron James to just 22 points Tuesday night as the red-hot Miami Heat were finally slowed down in a 106-103 loss. Before the loss, Miami was a perfect 8-0 SU and 7-0-1 ATS in its previous eight games including road upsets over Golden State and Oklahoma City.

James was likely due for an off night after dropping a career high 61 points on Charlotte the night before, but the Spurs should expect him to be back on his game on Thursday.

Since 2011, the Heat are 9-3 SU and 7-5 ATS against the Spurs. With that said, eight of those 12 games have been played in Miami; San Antonio is 4-2 SU and ATS in its last six home games against the Heat.

Both of these elite teams should be comfortable in an offensive showdown Thursday night. The total has gone OVER in eight of San Antonio's last 10 games, each of Miami's last three games, and in five of the last six games between these two rival teams.

Things to avoid when experiencing a losing streak

As any seasoned player knows, gambling at online casinos is a roller coaster ride of emotions from excitement to the euphoria of winning followed by the harsh disappointment of losing and so it continues. The highs are high when you’re winning but the lows can be very low, especially if you happen to encounter a losing streak.

While we all live for the wins, we do need to realize that losses are a part of gambling and everyone inevitably experiences them. The difference however lies in how you handle the losses. Here we look at how to handle losing and streaks and the things that you should avoid doing in order to manage them correctly.

Avoid focusing on recovering past losses

You’ve probably heard it before but never try to chase your losses. This may be easier said than done because it is natural to want to recover the money you’ve lost, especially because it is possible if you do start to win. Keep in mind though that all casinos have a house advantage and that means that at some point you will be on the losing end of it. Instead of obsessing about recouping losses though, focus on good bankroll management and making intelligent, strategic bets.

Do not increase your wagering amounts to win back losses

It is very tempting to chase losses and then increase the size of your bets to do. If you’re already suffering severe losses it will only hurt your bankroll more if you up the stakes and continue to lose. Instead of upping your betting size, decrease your wagering amount until things turn around, that way you can still enjoy playing without worrying about huge losses as this will only take the enjoyment out of your gambling experience.

Don’t play skill games when you’re frustrated

If skill games like blackjack and video poker are your game of choice then you will know that every decision you make has an effect on the house advantage. So you will obviously want to ensure as far as possible that you make the correct strategic game plays with every hand. If you’re experiencing a losing streak it can be very tiring and difficult to keep your head in the game and continue to make sound bets without losing focus and becoming frustrated.

So if you find yourself feeling irritated or frustrated over a losing streak and the tilt factor is taking it’s toll, take a break and if you still want to continue playing, rather change things up a bit and switch to a fun slot or game of roulette. Once you’re feeling better you can return to playing your skill game.

Avoid drawn out gaming sessions

Many players feel that if they stay at an online casino long enough they can recover from any losses they have experienced. While the law of averages agrees that you will inevitably break a losing streak there is no guarantee on when this will happen.

So if you’ve been losing on slots for the last 4 hours, continuing to play for another 3 hours or so is not going to mean that you will win the jackpot. While that can always happen, it is a better idea to stop playing when you feel like doing so instead of forcing yourself to play in an attempt to recoup losses.

Justifying bad decisions with comps

Do not think that you can chase losses, play for extended periods and make irresponsible wagers in an attempt to turn a losing streak around and then justify it all by thinking that you’ll make up for it in comps. No matter how generous a casino is to you, they will only ever comp a portion of your losses (usually 10 to 40 percent) which definitely won’t compensate for the amounts you lose.

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