Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Pelicans - 10/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (33-49) at New Orleans Pelicans (30-52)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -4.5 -- Over/Under: 208 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans open the 2016-17 NBA season Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Center.
The Denver Nuggets have gone three seasons without making the playoffs but enter 2016-17 with a young team that has potential to make some noise. A backcourt of Emmanuel Mudiay and Gary Harris may be the most underrated in the NBA while Jusuf Nurkic has just gotten better in each of his first two seasons. The Nuggets then have their star in Danilo Gallinari, who is a career 36.6 percent shooter from deep. The Nuggets may not have a bunch of flashy names and are likely a forgotten team among casual fans, but Denver shouldn't be slept on this season. Remember, the Nuggets were the only team to beat the Warriors and Spurs last season. The Denver Nuggets have won their last two regular season openers. Harris, Mudiay and Darrell Arthur are questionable.
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The New Orleans Pelicans hope for a bounce back season in the second year under coach Alvin Gentry. Last season, the Pelicans struggled with injuries and consistent play behind Anthony Davis. This season, the Pelicans hope additions of Langston Galloway, Lance Stephenson, Solomon Hill and E'Twaun Moore can provide the big man with the help he needs to get back to the playoffs. The Pelicans are much deeper than they’ve been in years past and have an exciting rookie in Buddy Hield, who played very well in the preseason with several double-digit point performances. The Pelicans may actually be worth watching again this season. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost three of their last four regular season openers.
The Nuggets are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 Wednesday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Pelicans are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games. The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
I have a hard time picking a side here due to both teams possible being better than last season. The Nuggets are a serious dark horse this season and could steal this game outright if the Pelicans continue to have a hard time finding consistent play outside of Davis. I'm siding with the under instead due to the high total and both clubs going through scoring doughts at times. This total seems a bit off, especially for a season opener where nerves and sloppy play happen.