Portland played six games in 9 nights before the All-Star Break. They dropped two critical road games against Memphis and New Orleans. The most significant loss was Damian Lillard, who injured his groin in the final minutes against the Grizzlies. The Blazers sit 4.5 games behind Memphis for the final playoff spot. They are in desperate need of beating teams like the Pelicans if they want to make the postseason. But can they do it without Damian Lillard? That’s a hard pass for me. The spread is Pelicans -5.5 in Portland. I don’t like that number. I think CJ McCollum can keep Portland within reach of covering.