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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Atlanta Hawks - 2/5/14

Atlanta Hawks (25-22) at New Orleans Pelicans (20-27)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm (New Orleans Arena)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -2 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds

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Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans square off against the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night from the Big Easy.

Head to head, the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The Pelicans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss, but just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southwest and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Hawks on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss, but just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Atlanta Hawks - 2/5/14

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Injuries keep on piling up for this young New Orleans Pelicans squad as Tyreke Evans has become the latest casualty, suffering a rib injury in their 102-95 home loss to San Antonito Spurs on Monday night. As a result, Evens is questionable for tonight’s contest and could join Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson and Jason Smith on the sidelines, which would essentially mean they could be without three of their top four players. Still, the Pelicans come into tonight’s contest having won four of their last and it could very well have been five of six had they not given up their 14-point lead against the Spurs on Monday night.

While the Atlanta Hawks haven’t been a great travelling team this season, they have won three of four on the road and their only loss in that stretch came in Oklahoma City by a single bucket. Having said that, those three wins came in Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Orlando, which are probably the three worst teams in the NBA in no particular order. On the downside, the Hawks are just 2-6 against the spread in the second of a back-to-back. They are coming off a 89-85 home loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

I could see this game going either way, so I’m going with a total instead. Even though Atlanta has put up some big totals of late, they all came against teams that play little too no defense, which isn’t the case with the Pelicans. New Orleans did allow the Spurs to score 102 points in their last outing, mainly due to their 38-point final quarter, but they held their previous four opponents to 92 points and under. This is more of a gut feeling than anything else, but couldn’t you just see a 93-91 type of score-line in this one?

Dan’s Pick: Under 196.5

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