New Orleans Pelicans vs. Washington Wizards - 1/8/14
Washington Wizards (15-17) at New Orleans Pelicans (15-18)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm (New Orleans Arena)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -4 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans return home to face John Wall and the Washington Wizards from the Big Easy.
Head to head, the Wizards are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in New Orleans and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings while the road team is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the underdog is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, but just 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Wizards on the other hand are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games playing on 0 days rest and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, but just 13-28 ATS in their last 41 games following a SU win of more than 10 points.
Neither the New Orleans Pelicans or Washington Wizards have been in sparkling form in the New Year as the both teams have dropped three of their four matches. The Pelicans have been on the road since New Year's day and their only victory came in Boston as they held on for a 95-92 victory. The Wizards, who won five of six to close 2013, dropped their first three games of the New Year, which were all at home by the way. They are however, coming off a 97-83 win in Charlotte last night, running away with things in the second half.
Now things aren't all that bad for these two teams as New Orleans has won and covered in four straight at home against the likes of Portland, Denver and Memphis. On the other hand, the Wizards have won and covered in five of their last six on the road and they are 11-5 against the spread away from home on the season.
I don't want to sit on the fence, but this game could go either way. The one thing that stands out at me is that the Pelicans are coming off a four-game road trip and not only that, 10 of their last 12 games have been on the road. I wouldn't be shocked if New Orleans shows a bit of fatigue tonight, which is the main reason I'm taking the Wizards and the points in this one. The Wizards did play last night as well, but they are playing much better on the road than at home anyway...
Dan’s Pick: Washington +4
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