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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 11/22/13

Cleveland Cavaliers (4-8) at New Orleans Pelicans (5-6)

NBA Basketball: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm (New Orleans Arena)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -6.5 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds


Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans play host to the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night from the Big Easy

Head to head, the Cavaliers are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings in New Orleans while the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Pelicans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cavaliers on the other hand are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 1-8 ATS in their last 9 road games and 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall.

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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 11/22/13

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I’m still not sure how I feel about this New Orleans Pelicans squad. I’m 100% on board the Anthony Davis train and fully believe he could be one of the top three players in the league in a couple of years, but I just don’t know about the rest of the roster. I wasn’t a fan of what they did in the offseason and while I could see what they are trying to do, I’m not sure they went about it the right way. Ideally, you want every possession to run through Davis in the high-post and space the floor with shooters and not have players like Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans dominating the ball. Granted, it’s still very early going, but I just don’t see it working unless they offload one of the aforementioned players, which might very well happen in the upcoming months.

What more can you say about the Cleveland Cavaliers and their horrid start to the season. Expected to be a playoff contender, the Cavaliers have looked anything but in the first month of action, dropping eight of their first 12 games as their offense continues to sputter along. Cleveland comes into tonight’s game ranked in the bottom five in the league in points (92.4) and assists per game (18.8) as they struggle to adjust to Mike Brown’s defense first system. It also hasn’t helped that Kyrie Irving has yet to find his groove, shooting just 41 percent from the floor and turning the ball over nearly four times a game thus far. Although, he is coming off 41 and 28 points performances in his last two outings, which is encouraging for a team looking for a spark.

For all my criticisms about the Pelicans, they have looked pretty strong at home this season, winning four of  their last five by an average of 19 points. On the flipside, the Cavaliers did win their last road outing in Washington, but they had dropped their first six games of the season away from home by an average of 14 points per game. Not crazy about this game in general, but I’ll take my chances with the Pellies...

Dan’s Pick: New Orleans -6.5

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