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Pelicans vs. Nuggets - 3/31/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets (31-44) at New Orleans Pelicans (27-46)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +7 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds

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The Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans square off Thursday night at the Smoothie King Center.

The Denver Nuggets look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 102.1 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Will Barton is averaging 14.8 points and 2.4 assists while D.J. Augustin is averaging 12.9 points and 2.1 rebounds. Kenneth Faried is grabbing 8.8 rebounds and Emmanuel Mudiay is dishing 5.5 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Nuggets are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have lost five of their last eight road games.

Pelicans vs. Nuggets - 3/31/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New Orleans Pelicans could use a win after losing 10 of their last 14 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 103.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Jrue Holiday is averaging 16.6 points and six assists while Tim Frazier is averaging 14.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Toney Douglas is dishing 2.3 assists and Dante Cunningham is grabbing three rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Pelicans are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost six of their last nine home games.

The Nuggets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest. The Nuggets are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. 

I know the Pelicans have given up on the season and have shut guys down, but it's not like the Nuggets are some playoff team capable of blowing teams out. This many points with a rested home team? I'll take my chances with the Pelicans.  

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New Orleans Pelicans +7

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