New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets
NBA Basketball: Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 8:30 pm (The Arena (WWOS))
The Line: Denver Nuggets -2.5 -- O/U: 218 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Denver Nuggets and the New Orleans Pelicans meet in an NBA preseason game from The Arena at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida on Saturday night.
The Denver Nuggets will try to keep the momentum going after earning an 89-82 win over the Washington Wizards in their first preseason matchup. The game was tight throughout, as Denver led by five after the first quarter and six at the half, but Washington would cut the lead to a single possession at the end of the 3rd before Denver pulled away in the 4th quarter. Troy Daniels led the Nuggets with 22 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 4 threes while Nikola Jokic and Bol Bol each had 16 points with Bol adding a team-high 10 rebounds for the double-double while Jokic had 7 rebounds and a team-high 7 assists in the winning effort.
The New Orleans Pelicans on the other hand, will try to keep their momentum going after slapping around the Brooklyn Nets with a 99-68 victory over Brooklyn in their last preseason outing. The Pels led by nine after the first before breaking things open in the second, owning a 56-35 lead at the half. Brooklyn cut into the deficit in the 3rd, but the Pelicans would double up Brooklyn 28-14 in the 4th to end the night with a 31-point W. Nickeil Alexander-Walker and E’Ywaun Moore shared the team-high with 14 points apiece, with Alexander-Walker shooting 6 of 15 from the field with a team-high 4 assists while Moore shot 5 of 8 with a pair of threes. Brandon Ingram added 12 points, shooting 4 of 7 with 3 threes while Jrue Holiday and Jahlil Okafor each had 10 points to finish off the scoring in double figures for New Orleans in the win.
I need to see a line before confirming, but I’m leaning towards New Orleans here. Maybe it was just some of the rust shaking off, but there’s no way that Denver should not have won that game against Washington by anything less than double digits. Washington’s missing 30+ PPG in Bradley Beal as well as a solid shooter in Davis Bertans, so no disrespect to the Wiz, but Denver let them get off easy with just a seven point loss. New Orleans on the other hand took care of business the way they should’ve against a hapless Nets team and depending on the line I see myself rolling with New Orleans here.