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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors - 12/14/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Golden State Warriors (20-2) at New Orleans Pelicans (11-11)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +5.5 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSBy, FSNO

The Golden State Warriors look to extend their winning streak to 16 games as they visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday evening.

The Golden State Warriors won their 15th straight game on Saturday afternoon with a 105-98 road win against the Dallas Mavericks.  The Warriors are getting it done on both ends of the floor with an offense that ranks third with 106.8 points per game and a defense that ranks fifth while allowing just 95.6 points per game.  The backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson is leading the charge with Curry averaging 23 points, 7.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game and Thompson adding 21.2 points including a 43% mark from downtown.    Down low, the Warriors have adjusted well without David Lee in the lineup but things could be tougher in this matchup if Andrew Bogut sits out with the flu.  The Warriors rank second in rebounding on the season with 45.7 per game but Bogut accounts for 9.3 of those.   The Warriors are 12-1 on the road with the lone loss coming against the Suns.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors - 12/14/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New Orleans Pelicans are 11-11 on the year with a mixture of positive signs and areas for improvement.  The Pelicans rank 13th in the league in points scored with 101.7 per game but the defense is lacking allowing 101.1 per game to rank 20th in the league.  Anthony Davis is still drawing most of the attention with 24.3 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.86 blocks per game, but the big man hasn’t yet been confirmed to suit up for this contest after exiting Friday’s game against Cleveland with a chest contusion.  Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday are certainly ready to provide the offense in Davis’ absence though with Evans averaging 16.1 points, 5.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game and Holiday averaging 15.8 points and 6.8 assists.  Ryan Anderson is also coming off a 8-14 shooting performance from three point range in the last outing and could be a strong candidate to match the output of the Warriors’ splash brothers.

The Warriors have to drop a game at some point and this could be that spot if Davis happens to suit up and leave the visitors vulnerable on the interior.  Please check back for confirmation on my free pick and unit rating once the injury report and line are released. 

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New Orleans Pelicans +5.5 (1 unit)

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