New Orleans Pelicans (15-14) at Denver Nuggets (15-13)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -1.5 -- Over/Under: 225 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans travel to the Pepsi Center to take on the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.
The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last eight games but they will be feeling pretty good after beating the Bucks by 115-108 on Wednesday. DeMarcus Cousins came up big in the clutch and finished with a team-high 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, Anthony Davis added 25 points and 10 rebounds while E’Twaun Moore added 21 points on eight of 11 shooting. As a team, the Pelicans shot a sizzling 56 percent from the field and 13 of 25 from the three-point line, but this game was close right till late in the fourth quarter where Cousins came up big for the Pelicans won despite committing 21 turnovers as a team. With the win, New Orleans improved to 15-14 on the season and 8-7 at home.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have lost four of their last six games and they will be looking to bounce back after falling to the shorthanded Celtics by 124-118 at Boston on Wednesday. Gary Harris led the team with a career-high 36 points on 16 of 25 shooting, Jamal Murray added 28 points while Mason Plumlee chipped In with 15 points on seven of nine shooting. As a team, the Nuggets shot 49 percent from the field but just couldn’t get over the line against the Celtics who shot 60 percent from the field led by 33 points from Kyrie Irving. With the loss, Denver dropped to 15-13 overall and 5-11 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Meanwhile, the Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games, 3-11 ATS in their last 14 home games following a road trip of seven or more days and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings, the underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the Pelicans are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Denver.
The Pelicans have been incosistent all season, but they're really starting to find their identity with Rondo feeding the Cousins and Davis on the inside. The Nuggets have covered in five of their last six home games but we always see teams struggle in their first home game back from lengthy road trips. I'm tempted to go with Denver at home, but I think the Pelicans are a team on the rise in the Western Conference so I'm backing them to pull off the minor upset on the road.