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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 1/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cleveland Cavaliers at New Orleans Pelicans
Date & Time Wednesday January 9, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Line
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -14 -- Over/Under: 222
TV Channel
FSOH, FSNO
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are still looking for their first victory since December 18. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 101.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 112.1 points on 49 percent shooting. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 16.9 points and 2.3 assists while Collin Sexton is averaging 14.7 points and three rebounds. Rodney Hood is the third double-digit scorer and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 11.3 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost their last five road games.

The New Orleans Pelicans look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 116.6 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 114.6 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28.7 points and 13.3 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 20.8 points and 8.3 assists. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 9.2 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.9 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won four of their last six home games.

The Cavaliers are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pelicans are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 Wednesday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New Orleans and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 6-1 in Pelicans last 7 home games. The over is 3-1-1 in Cavaliers last 5 overall.

Laying double-digit chalk in the NBA is always risky, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are just god awful at the moment, as they're not winning, not covering and are being outscored by more than 20 points in their last five games. The New Orleans Pelicans have underachieved all season long, but they're shooting 52.3 percent from the field while outscoring clubs by an average of 10.8 points in their last five games. We could be seeing a turning point for the Pelicans. The Cavs are also being outscored by 11.2 points on the road this season and are on the end of a back to back. This is the recipe for a Pelicans blowout, even if I'm never high on such big chalk. 

Pick:
New Orleans Pelicans -14

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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