Pelicans vs. Spurs - 3/3/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (50-9) at New Orleans Pelicans (23-35)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +8 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans meet Thursday night at the Smoothie King Center.
The San Antonio Spurs look to build on their solid six-game winning streak. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 105 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 92.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 20.5 points and 2.4 assists while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 16.9 points and 8.4 rebounds. Tony Parker is dishing 5.1 assists and Tim Duncan is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 39.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Spurs are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have lost 10 road games since April.
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The New Orleans Pelicans look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 102.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Ryan Anderson is averaging 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 15.6 points and 5.8 assists. Norris Cole is dishing 3.5 assists and Toney Douglas is grabbing 1.4 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Pelicans are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won five of their last eight home games.
The Spurs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southwest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Spurs are 1-9 ATS in the last 10 meetings in New Orleans and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Pelicans are still scratching and clawing for a possible playoff spot and need to find ways to win games like this. While I'm not sure New Orleans wins, it has covered nine of the last 10 games at home against the Spurs. I'll take the points.