Wizards vs. Pelicans - 11/29/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Orleans Pelicans (7-7) at Washington Wizards (9-5)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -4.5 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, CNSW, NBATV
The New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards play Saturday night at the Verizon Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans have lost four of their last six games and continue to struggle defensively. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 102.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 99.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 25.4 points and 11.2 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 15.5 points and 6.2 assists. Ryan Anderson is shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and Jrue Holiday has 31 points in his last two games. The New Orleans Pelicans have no problem putting the ball in the hoop and shooting a decent percentage but their defense has to improve. The Pelicans are allowing 48.2 percent shooting in their last five games and are 2-5 SU this season when allowing 100 or more points.
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The Washington Wizards have lost three of their last five and haven’t played since Wednesday. On the season, the Wizards are averaging 98.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting and are allowing 97.9 points on 43.7 percent shooting. John Wall leads the Wizards with 18.6 points and 9.2 assists while Bradley Beal is shooting 44.6 percent from the field. Paul Pierce is averaging 13.3 points and Nene Hilario is questionable for this game with a foot injury. The Washington Wizards are shooting 43.4 percent from downtown in their last five games and are capable of scoring with anybody when their shooters are hot. However, if the Wizards expect to take that next step they have to be better on the glass and take better care of the basketball. Washington is averaging more than 14 turnovers per game.
The Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Wizards are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Washington and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Washington Wizards are the more balanced team, at home and isn't coming off a back-to-back. Give me the home team and the small chalk.