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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors - 10/28/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Golden State Warriors (0-1) at New Orleans Pelicans (0-1)

NBA Basketball: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN/CSBA

The Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans clash Friday night at the Smoothie King Center on ESPN.

The Golden State Warriors would love a big road victory after being embarrassed opening night by the San Antonio Spurs. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 100 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 129 points on 48 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 27 points and 10 rebounds while Stephen Curry is averaging 26 points and four assists. Draymond Green is the third double-digit scorer and Klay Thompson is dishing two assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 21.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 50 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have not started 0-2 since the 2009-10 NBA season.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors - 10/28/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New Orleans Pelicans could also use their first victory of the year after losing to the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 102 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 107 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 50 points and 16 rebounds while Tim Frazier is averaging 15 points and 11 assists. E'Twaun Moore is the third double-digit scorer and Lance Stephenson is dishing three assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 15.8 percent from beyond the arc and 88.5 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans hope to avoid a 0-2 start for the third time in four years.

The Warriors are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southwest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Warriors are 9-3-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings in New Orleans and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall. 

The Warriors have won the last seven meetings against the Pelicans and a lot of those games weren't even close. The Pelicans also showed in the season opener that there's very little depth or talent outside of Davis. The Golden State Warriors will be eager to redeem themselves after a brutal opening night performance. I have to side with Golden State by double digits simply because I have little confidence in the Pelicans.

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Golden State Warriors -9.5

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