New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets - 1/24/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Pelicans

Friday, January 24, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Smoothie King Center)

DEN -3.0 . Total 231.0

The Denver Nuggets are on the road for a matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans.  The Nuggets are (30-14), coming off a 121-105 loss to the Houston Rockets.  The Pelicans are (17-28), after falling to the San Antonio Spurs, 121-117.

In the Nuggets loss to the Rockets, Denver was guided throughout the game by Nikola Jokic.  Jokic had a tremendous game in the loss, recording a triple-double, finishing with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists.  The Nuggets shot 46% from the floor and 36% from 3-point range.  The Nuggets saw their chances to stay in the game slip away, as Houston out scored Denver from the foul line, 24 to 11.  The Nuggets had an assist to turnover ratio of 25 to 15.

In the Pelicans loss to the Spurs, New Orleans was led on offense by Zion Williamson.  Williamson was 8 of 11 from the floor, collecting 2 free throws, registering 22 points.  The Pelicans converted on 46% from the floor, while knocking down 39% from deep.  New Orleans was solid on offense, but San Antonio was just a little better, hitting 51% from the floor.  The Pelicans saw its largest deficit at 15 points.

Recent Betting Trends:

Nuggets are 14-6 SU in their last 20 games.

Nuggets are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games against New Orleans.

The under is 6-2 in Nuggets last 8 games.

Pelicans are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games.

Pelicans are 12-2-1 ATS in their last 15 games.

The over is 11-1 in Pelicans last 12 games.

Denver has some key players on the injured list, while the Pelicans just cleared the injury list, as Zion Williamson was cleared to play.  Williamson did have a solid game in a minutes restricted game.  Williamson stats wise did look decent, but most of his points came from behind the arch.  The points from behind the arch were due to the Spurs daring Williamson to shoot.  The Spurs essentially left Williamson wide open.  This will not be the case against a Nuggets defense that ranks 6th in scoring defense.  Williamson will be great as the season continues, but he isn't in top tier shape at the moment, therefore I see Denver being able to keep his production to a minimal.  The Pelicans give up nearly 188 per game, which should allow Denver to score over their season average.  I like the Nuggets here, even with a couple players on the injured list.  Final score prediction, Nuggets will win and cover, 113-106.    

Chris’s Pick DENVER NUGGETS -3.0

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.