New Orleans Pelicans (17-21) at Brooklyn Nets (17-21)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -1 -- Over/Under: 230.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and Brooklyn Nets meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Barclays Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans need a road win here after losing six of their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 116.2 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 115.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28.5 points and 13 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 20.9 points and 8.7 assists. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 9.2 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.3 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost their last five road games.
The Brooklyn Nets look for a victory after splitting their last six games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 110.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 111.8 points on 46.9 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 17.9 points and 6.1 assists while Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 17.5 points and 2.6 rebounds. Joe Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Jarrett Allen is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have won six of their last seven home games.
The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Nets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Brooklyn and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The over is 6-2 in Nets last 8 Wednesday games. The under is 6-1 in Pelicans last 7 vs. Eastern Conference.
The New Orleans Pelicans are just a mess right now, as they can't string togther victories at all and it seems the defense gets worse every time they take the court. It might be time to admit the Pelicans aren't a good team and stop expecting them to turn things around. The Brooklyn Nets have been one of the bigger surprises in the league, and they've been a nice bet on team at home because of odds like this. Oddmakers are expecting the Nets to eventually go away, but the wins and covers keep taking place. I'll back the Nets in this near toss-up, as the Pelicans are a club I'm fading often.