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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Washington Wizards - 3/9/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Wizards (37-28) at New Orleans Pelicans (38-26)

NBA Basketball: Friday, March 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBATV, CNSW, FSN

The Washington Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans meet Friday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.

The Washington Wizards need a statement win here after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 107.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while Otto Porter Jr. is averaging 15 points and 6.5 rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Markieff Morris is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have won four straight road games.

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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Washington Wizards - 3/9/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New Orleans Pelicans look to keep the ball rolling while building on their 10-game winning streak. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 112.5 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 111.5 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28.1 points and 11.1 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 19.4 points and 5.8 assists. Nikola Mirotic is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last six home games.

The Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Pelicans are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games, 8-17 ATS in their last 25 vs. NBA Southeast and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wizards are 11-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings in New Orleans, 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The New Orleans Pelicans have only been able to rack up all of these victories due to Davis playing out of his mind and carrying this team on his back. He's out for this game due to injury. The Washington Wizards have won four straight road games and have the much better team on the floor now that NO is without Cousins and Davis. I have to take the small chalk with the healthy team.

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