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New Orleans Pelicans vs. New York Knicks - 2/19/14

New York Knicks (20-32) at New Orleans Pelicans (23-29)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm (New Orleans Arena)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -4 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds


The New Orleans Pelicans welcome the New York Knicks to town on Wednesday night.

Head to head, the Knicks are 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings and 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans while the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The Pelicans are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Knicks on the other 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record, but just 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. New York Knicks - 2/19/14

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I hate to say it, but time is slowing starting to run out for the New York Knicks to make their push up the Eastern Conference standings and into playoff contention. Just the fact that they might not even make the playoffs in one of the worst conferences we have seen in some time just shows you have bad their 2013-14 campaign has been so far. After suffering a 98-93 defeat in Memphis last night, which was their third straight loss and six of their last seven overall, they now trail the much maligned Cleveland Cavaliers in the standings and are four games back of the 24-30 Charlotte Bobcats for the eighth and final playoff spot. With under 30 games left remaining in the regular season, the time is now for the New York Knicks.

To be honest, I always struggle to write about things when it comes to the New Orleans Pelicans. They never seem to go on any winning streaks, or losing streaks for that matter and as far as looking at totals go, they are always in the middle of the pack when it comes to scoring and defending. Here's one for you, the Pelicans have won four of their last five at home with the only loss in that span coming against the San Antonio Spurs when they were outscored 38-19 in the final quarter.

I just can't take New York here, it's that simple. They might win straight up when it's all said and done, but having already lost to New Orleans at home this season 103-99, having lost six of seven overall and failing to cover the spread in each of their last five road games, the odds are stacked against them. The Pelicans have been pretty tough at home recently and I think they come away with the win and the cover, but just...

Dan’s Pick: New Orleans -4

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