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Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 4/2/14

New Orleans Pelicans (32-42) at Denver Nuggets (32-42)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Denver Nuggets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports New Orleans, ALT

The New Orleans Pelicans and Denver Nuggets will meet for the fourth and final time this season on Wednesday. The Pelicans lead the series 2-1.

Although the Pelicans won’t be making playoffs, they’re finishing the season strong, winning five of their last seven games. Some of those wins came against playoff teams such as Miami, Brooklyn and Los Angeles. On the season, the New Orleans Pelicans average 99.8 points on 46 percent shooting and allow 102.1 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Tyreke Evans has really stepped up his level of play recently, as he’s averaging 18.2 points and 7.8 assists in his last five games. The New Orleans Pelicans are 32-37-5 ATS overall and 13-20-3 ATS on the road.

Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 4/2/14

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The Nuggets have put together another losing streak during their last four games. On the season, the Denver Nuggets average 103.6 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allow 106.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Since February, the Nuggets have allowed 26 of 29 opponents to score at least 100 points. Defense has been the key issue for Denver this season, as teams are shooting a lights out 49.9 percent in the Nuggets in last five games. Offensively, Kenneth Faried as posted three double doubles in his last four contests. The Denver Nuggets are 34-40 ATS overall and 16-21 ATS at home. 

The Pelicans are 3-8-2 ATS in their last 13 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss. The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The home team is 8-0 ATS in the last 8 meetings, while the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The Denver Nuggets are a much better team at home, while the Pelicans haven’t been getting the job done against the number on the road at all this season. I see the Nuggets winning this game SU, but I’ll gladly take the points.

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Denver Nuggets +4

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