San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans
|Date & Time||Saturday January 26, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)|
Smoothie King Center
The Line: New Orleans -1
The San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans duke it out at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday night.
The San Antonio Spurs have been in a bit of a funk lately as they’ve lost five of their last eight games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling just short against the 76ers in a 122-120 road loss on Wednesday. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 26 points on 12 of 19 shooting, Rudy Gay and Patty Mills each scored 17 points while Marco Belinelli chipped in with 16 points off the bench. As a team, the Spurs shot a healthy 57 percent from the field and 13 of 27 from the 3-point line as they seemingly had control of the game until the 76ers closed the game on a 10-0 run in the final 2:15 to steal the game. With the loss, San Antonio fell to 27-22 overall and 9-15 on the road.
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have been a little below their best lately as they’ve won just two of their last seven games and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after falling to the Thunder in a 122-116 road loss on Thursday. Jrue Holiday led the team with 22 points, nine rebounds and 13 assists, Darius Miller added 21 points, Jahlil Okafor scored 18 points while Elfrid Payton chipped in with 15 points and 12 assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 48 percent from the field and 10 of 36 from the 3-point line as they fought hard without the injured Anthony Davis, but they just left themselves too much ground to make up after trailing by as many as 16 points in the third quarter. With the loss, New Orleans fell to 22-27 overall and 7-20 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Spurs are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record and 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games against a team with a road record below .400.
Head to head, the home team is 38-13 ATS in the last 51 meetings, the Spurs are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 5-21 ATS in the last 26 meetings in New Orleans.
The Pelicans will be without Anthony Davis and Nikola Mirotic for this contest so it will be up to players like Okafor and Holiday to pick up the slack. The Spurs have been in a bit of a rut lately and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss, but they are just 5-21 ATS in the last 26 meetings in New Orleans. These teams have split two meeting this season with the Pelicans winning the most recent meeting, a 140-126 back on Nov 19. This should be a close one, but with the Pelicans so shorthanded, I have to lean towards the Spurs to take advantage with a narrow road win here.