Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans- 10/28/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (0-1) at New Orleans Pelicans (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +10 -- Over/Under: 220 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans do battle on Friday night at the Smoothie King Center.
There was so much hype about the Warriors going into the season after they were able to join forces with Kevin Durant, but they received a major reality check thanks to a 129-100 loss to the Spurs on opening night. Durant led the Warriors with 27 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, Stephen Curry added 26 points and four assists while Draymond Green chipped in with 18 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and five steals but the problems were on the defensive end as they lost the rebound battle by 55-35 thanks to a lack of presence in the paint. One player who was sorely missed was Andrew Bogut who would usually the defensive anchor of the team, but he's now playing witht he Mavericks which leaves the defensive duties to lesser players in Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee.
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Meanwhile, the Pelicans are also looking to bounce back after falling to the Nuggets by 107-102 on Wednesday night, despite a monster night from Anthony Davis who poured in 50 points with 16 rebounds, five assists, seven steals and four blocks. Tim Frazier added 15 points with 11 assists before fouling out while E'Twaun Moore added 10 points, but the rest of the team combined to shoot just 12 of 40 from the field and zero of 12 from the three-point line.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a double-digit loss at home and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, while the Pelicans are 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall and 1-8 ATS in their last nine Friday games.
Head to head, the Warriors are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall and 9-3-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings in New Orleans.
Davis seems to be in mid-season form but the absences of Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans proved too much to overcome in the season opener and I'm expecting a similar outcome against this stacked Warriors team coming fresh off a loss. Take Davis to fill up the box score again but take the Warriors to come out on top.