Denver Nuggets (26-18) at New Orleans Pelicans (19-24)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 26, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +2.5 -- Over/Under: 230 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans meet Friday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Denver Nuggets look for a win after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 115.6 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 47 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 27 points and 11.3 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 21.1 points and 4.8 assists. Michael Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Will Barton is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game.
The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.6 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 115.1 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 25.7 points and seven rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 24.2 points and 5.1 rebounds. Lonzo Ball is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Bledsoe is dishing 3.7 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 39.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game.
The Nuggets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Pelicans are 9-24-2 ATS in their last 35 Friday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Nuggets last 5 road games. The over is 30-8 in Pelicans last 38 overall. The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans and 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The New Orleans Pelicans just beat the Nuggets last week and are playing their best basketball of the season right now, but it's still going to take more before I start backing them with confidence. The Denver Nuggets have won 10 of their last 14 tries, win on the road by an average of 4.4 points and they're shooting 50.2 percent from the field in their last five games. The Nuggets also got better at the trade deadline and we could see some of those players (JaVale McGee and Aaron Gordon) for this contest. I'll lay the bucket with the Nuggets.