Nuggets vs. Pelicans - 3/1/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Orleans Pelicans (31-27) at Denver Nuggets (20-38)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets +3.5 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, ALT
The New Orleans Pelicans and Denver Nuggets play Sunday night at the Pepsi Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans look to build on a four-game winning streak. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 99.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting and are allowing 99.4 points on 46 percent shooting. Tyreke Evans is averaging 16.6 points and 6.4 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 12.9 points and four assists. Norris Cole is dishing four assists and Omer Asik is grabbing 9.8 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from deep in their last five games. Keep in mind, the Pelicans are stringing these wins together without two of their better players in Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson. Just like that, the Pelicans are back in the playoff hunt in the competitive West.
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The Denver Nuggets hope to snap a five-game losing streak. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 99.5 points on 42.7 percent shooting and are allowing 104.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Will Barton is averaging 16.8 points and 2.3 assists while Ty Lawson is averaging 16.5 points and 9.8 assists. Wilson Chandler is grabbing 5.9 rebounds and Kenneth Faried is snagging 8.5 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting just 35.2 percent from the field during their five-game losing streak. With the way the Nuggets play defense, that shooting percentage isn’t going to get the job done against any team in the league. Darrell Arthur is qeustionable and Jusuf Nurkic is doubtful with injuries.
The Pelicans are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 vs. Western Conference and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest. The Nuggets are 17-35 ATS in their last 52 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pelicans are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Denver and the home team is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The New Orleans Pelicans are on a mission to get back in the playoff hunt and are finding their groove a bit. The Nuggets have given up a while ago and shouldn't even be trying to win at this point. Take the Pelicans.