With four of Portland’s starters departing in the offseason, CJ McCollum was primed for greater opportunity, and while he had previously flashed potential few anticipated the borderline all-star campaign he has produced. He has been one of the leading candidates for most improved players and it has been his consistency that has shone through in particular.
In this matchup against the ever injured New Orleans Pelicans, McCollum should have plenty of opportunities as there are no even remotely decent backcourt defenders on their active roster. In three games this year against the Pelicans McCollum has averaged 24ppg and our projection has him going over this low line again. When projected over CJ is 20-9 on the season.