The New Orleans Pelicans and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out at the Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night.
The New Orleans Pelicans have been in a real slump lately as they’ve lost seven of their last nine games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling just short against the Nets in a 126-121 road loss on Wednesday. Anthony Davis led the team with 34 points, 26 rebounds and four assists, Elfrid Payton added 25 points with seven assists, Julius Randle scored 21 points while Jrue Holiday chipped in with 20 points and four assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot a healthy 53 percent from the field and 10 of 23 from the 3-point line but they were always fighting a losing battle after falling behind by 24 points midway through the second quarter. With the loss, New Orleans fell to 17-22 overall and 4-16 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been struggling mightily as they've lost 10 of their last 11 games and they will be aiming to snap an eight-game skid after last night's 117-91 home loss to the Jazz. Alec Burks led the team in scoring with 17 points off the bench, Collin Sexton added 13 points while Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood each scored 12 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 39 percent from the field as they really took it to the Jazz early to take a narrow lead going into halftime, only to get blown out in the second half by 69-42. With the loss, Cleveland dropped to 8-31overall and 5-15 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, 0-4 ATS in their last four road games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Cavaliers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games playing on zero days rest, 0-5 ATS in their last five home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six against the Western Conference.
Head to head, the home team is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings, the under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland and the Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
The Pelicans have been surprisingly bad lately despite regular monster nights from Anthony Davis but their disappointment pales in comparison to the Cavaliers who just haven't been able to buy a win lately. The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and given the Cavaliers' poor form and the fact that they're playing on zero days rest, I think the Pelicans pull away late for the win and cover on the road.