Cleveland Cavaliers (3-2) at New Orleans Pelicans (2-3)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +2.5 -- Over/Under: 219 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the New Orleans Pelicans do battle at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers won three of their first four games to start the season, but they will be hoping to bounce back after falling to the shorthanded Nets in a 112-107 loss on Wednesday. LeBron James led the way with a triple-double of 29 points with 10 rebounds and 13 assists, Kyle Korver added 22 points, Jeff Green scored 18 poitns while Kevin Love chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Cavs shot 48 percent from the field and 12 of 35 from the three-point line but they committed a total of 21 turnovers which fuelled the Nets who certainly looked like the hungrier team in this game. James once again started at the point guard position but he did commit eight turnovers while JR Smith scored just two points on one of nine shooting in his starting role. Dwyane Wade sat out the game due to a bruised knee while Derrick Rose sat out his third straight game, but both players could return on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have started the season poorly as they’ve lost three of five, but they will be looking to build on Thursday’s 114-106 comeback win over the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins erupted for 41 points, 23 rebounds and six assists against his former team, Jrue Holiday added 20 points with seven assists while Jameer Nelson chipped in with 18 points and six assists off the bench. As a team, the Kings shot 49 percent from the field and 13 of 32 from the three-point line as they rallied back from a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to win without their leader in Anthony Davis who sat out with a left knee injury and is in doubt for Saturday.
Looking at the betting trends, the Cavs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. Meanwhile, the Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win and 2-5 ATS in their last seven against the Eastern Conference.
Head to head, the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings and the over is 6-0 in the last six meetings in New Orleans. The Cavs are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in New Orleans.
Davis is currently listed as questionable for Saturday's matchup which would be a major blow to the Pelicans, but they've run into a Cavs team who are certainly going through their own struggles with injuries. Cousins did well to put the Pelicans on his back in their win over the Kings, but they also struggle ATS when playing the better teams in the league so I'm taking the Cavs to get the win and cover in this one.
UPDATE: Anthony Davis is expected to play tonight after missing the last two games with a knee injury.