New Orleans Pelicans (39-28) at San Antonio Spurs (38-30)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -4.5 -- Over/Under: 219 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs meet Thursday in NBA action at the AT&T Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans look to stay hot after winning 11 of their last 13 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 112.1 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28.1 points and 11.1 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 19.3 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 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won seven straight road games.
The San Antonio Spurs hope to win back-to-back games for the first time since late January. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 102.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 99.4 points on 45.1 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 22.2 points and 8.3 rebounds while Pau Gasol is averaging 10.6 points and 8.3 rebounds. Patty Mills is dishing 2.7 assists and Manu Ginobili is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have split their last eight home games.
The Pelicans are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 road games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Spurs are 11-23-1 ATS in their last 35 Thursday games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the home team is 21-7 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
The San Antonio Spurs haven't won back-to-back games in a month and a half and aren't playing good basketball to say the least. It's also been reported that Kawhi Leonard won't be making his return for this game as expected. I'm not sure how the Spurs are decent sized favorites against one of the best teams in the second half of the season. The Pelicans have been riding Anthony Davis hard down the stretch and it's resulted in wins in 11 of their last 13 games. One of those losses came when AD was out with injury. Oh, the Pelicans have also won two of the last three games against the Spurs anyway. Give me the points.