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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets - 1/30/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Pelicans
Date & Time Wednesday January 30, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Line
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +8.5 -- Over/Under: 226.5
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The Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.

The Denver Nuggets look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 111.6 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 105.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 20.1 points and 10.3 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 18.5 points and 4.9 assists. Gary Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Millsap is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.8 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have lost seven of their last 11 road games.

The New Orleans Pelicans look for another victory after losing five of their last seven games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 116.6 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 115.1 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 21.2 points and 8.1 assists. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.7 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last eight home games.

The Nuggets are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 7-20 ATS in their last 27 vs. NBA Southwest. The Pelicans are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The underdog is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 7-3 in Pelicans last 10 home games. The over is 7-1 in Nuggets last 8 overall.

The New Orleans Pelicans are coming off a surprise upset win Tuesday over the Houston Rockets, which creates a perfect letdown spot here. The Pelicans are banged up to all hell and have the trade rumors of Anthony Davis now hanging over their heads. Also, playing on the end of back to backs that includes travel usually have a poor impact on short rotations. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 49.8 percent from the field and winning by an average of 14.4 points in their last five games. This is a spot where the Nuggets should get a rare road victory / cover.

Denver Nuggets -8.5

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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