New Orleans Pelicans vs. San Antonio Spurs - 1/22/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 9:30 PM (Smoothie King Center)

NO -3.5 TOTAL 236

TV: ESPN

The San Antonio Spurs go to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. The San Antonio Spurs are coming off of a two-game win streak, defeating the Miami Heat and the Phoenix Suns in the process. The Spurs have won only five of their last ten games, though.

The San Antonio Spurs are 19-23 on the season, with a road record of 7 - 13, struggling to find wins away from their arena. San Antonio Spurs team isn't like most Spurs teams in the past, as they've done relatively well on offense, ranking eighth in points per game, but are 26th in points allowed per game, as they are struggling to defend, which is not a normal trait for a Gregg Popovich team to struggle with.

The New Orleans Pelicans are coming off of a win over the Memphis Grizzlies, and have won three of their last five games, going on a two-game winning streak as well.

The Pelicans are 17-27 on the season, with a home record of 8-13. This game will be the debut of Zion Williamson, who has been out with a knee injury since before the season started after being drafted first overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.

San Antonio is 17-24-1 ATS this season
Spurs are 7-2-1 ATS in their last ten road games.
New Orleans is 22-20-2 ATS this season
Pelicans are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games playing on one day's rest.

The entire world's eyes are going to be on this game, as Zion Williamson makes his long-awaited debut. I think the hype and energy around this game will be unlike anything we've seen this season. The fans will be chanting Zion's name throughout this entire game, and despite the Pelicans having a ton of injuries at the moment, I think that they sneak past the San Antonio Spurs to bring a win to the city of New Orleans, and Zion, on his debut. However, if Jrue Holiday is too hurt to play, it may get ugly for Williamson's debut. Final Score Prediction, San Antonio Spurs win 103 - 100. 
 

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Joshua’s Pick San Antonio +3.5

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