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Pelicans vs. Nuggets - NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets (18-27) at New Orleans Pelicans (24-21)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -6.5 See the Latest Odds


The Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans meet Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Center.

The Denver Nuggets continue to drop in the standings with losses in seven straight games. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 101.8 points on 43.7 percent shooting and are allowing 104.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Ty Lawson is averaging 17.1 points and 10 assists while Arron Afflalo is averaging 15.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. Kenneth Faried is grabbing nine rebounds and Wilson Chandler is shooting 41.2 percent from the field. The Denver Nuggets problem continues to be on the defensive end, as they’re allowing 50 percent shooting from the field and 40.7 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The Nuggets have allowed 100-plus points in eight of their last nine games. JaVale McGee is expected to miss this game with a leg injury.

Pelicans vs. Nuggets -  NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The New Orleans Pelicans hope to keep the ball rolling as they’ve won four straight games. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 100.4 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 99.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 24.5 points and 10.4 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 17 points and 5.6 assists. Omer Asik is grabbing 10 rebounds and Ryan Anderson is shooting 41.6 percent from the field. During this winning streak, the New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Pelicans have always had the talent to be a darkhorse playoff contender but consistency has been the main issue all year. Now, the Pelicans find themselves just 1.5 games back from the eighth seed in the West.

The Nuggets are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Pelicans are 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New Orleans.

I've struggled to figure either one of these teams out all season long. What we do know is that the Pelicans have been flat out money ATS all season on their home court. That's a strong trend that you should follow when capping this game. 

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