New Orleans Pelicans (45-34) at Golden State Warriors (57-22)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -7 -- Over/Under: 224 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors meet Saturday in NBA action at the Oracle Arena.
The New Orleans Pelicans look for a statement victory after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 111.3 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 110.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28.1 points and 11.1 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 18.9 points and 5.9 assists. Nikola Mirotic is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing three rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won five of their last eight road games.
The Golden State Warriors need to get back on track after splitting their last 12 games. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 113.8 points on 50.4 percent shooting and allowing 107.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 26.5 points and 6.9 rebounds while Klay Thompson is averaging 19.8 points and 2.6 assists. Draymond Green is the third double-digit scorer and Quinn Cook is dishing 2.6 assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 81.7 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have lost four of their last six home games.
The Pelicans are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Golden State, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
I'm not trying to touch this spread, as I don't trust the Pelicans on the end of a back to back, and I don't trust the Warriors in their current form. Besides, the Warriors have been awful against the number this season when a big favorite. Instead, I'm siding with the over. The over has hit seven of the last nine times these teams have met, which includes 240 points in the last meeting. The Warriors are still shooting 50.4 percent in their last five games and the Pelicans are averaging 109.3 points on the road this season. I trust the over more than messing with the spread in this spot.