New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors - 4/7/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (63-14) at New Orleans Pelicans (41-35)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +3.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors roll into the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans tonight.
The Golden State Warriors will be looking to bounce back from a rare loss on Sunday when they were steamrolled by the Spurs 107-92. With nothing really to play for, the Warriors didn't start the game with the right level of urgency and got burned as the Spurs burst out of the gates to a 31-17 lead after the first quarter and 57-38 at halftime. Stephen Curry was able to keep the game somewhat close with five threes en route to 24 points, but overall, the Warriors simply got dominated by a desperate Spurs team still jockeying for playoff positions. Despite the loss, Golden State is still a league-best 63-14 on the season and 28-12 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have been doing everything they can just to stay in the playoff picture and they'll have to keep pushing as they're still half a game out of the last spot in the Western Conference. On Saturday, Eric Gordon had a nice game of 22 points, Tyreke Evans added 21 points and nine assists while Anthony Davis chipped in with 19 points, but it still wasn't enough as the Pelicans lost to the Trailblazers by 99-90 in Portland. The loss snapped a four-game win streak and drops them to 41-35 on the season which really puts a lot of pressure on them as they have just six games left to make up the take over the eighth-placed Oklahoma City.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall, while the Pelicans are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games against a team with a winning road record and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the Warriors are 22-8-2 ATS in the last 32 meetings overall and 7-1-1 ATS in the last nine meetings in New Orleans.
The Warriors have beaten the Pelicans in each of the last 10 meetings including a 112-96 win at the Oracle Center back on Mar. 20, so the Pelicans are really going to step it up to buck the trend tonight. Call it a gut feeling, but the Pelicans are practically playing for their season in the next few games, so I'm cautiously taking them with the points in this one.