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San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 11/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Orleans Pelicans (4-4) at San Antonio Spurs (5-2)
Date & Time Saturday November 3, 2018, 8:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -4.5 -- Over/Under:
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NBA | New Orleans Pelicans (4-4) at San Antonio Spurs (5-2)
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The New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs collide at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.

The New Orleans Pelicans kicked off their season with four straight wins but now they’re hoping to snap a four-game skid after getting blown out by the Trailblazers in a 132-119 road loss on Thursday. Julius Randle led the team with 29 points off the bench, E’Twaun Moore added 19 points, Nikola Mirotic scored 18 points while Jrue Holiday chipped in with 17 points and 10 assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 42 percent from the field and eight of 29 from the three-point line as they placed well to keep pace despite missing their leader in Anthony Davis, but there was no coming back once the Trailblazers went on a decisive 15-4 run early in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs have won five of their first seven games of the season and they will be aiming for a fourth straight win after blowing past the lowly Suns in a 120-90 road win on Wednesday. DeMar DeRozan scored 20 of his 25 points in the first half, LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points on 10 of 13 shooting while Marco Belinelli chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Spurs shot 55 percent from the field and just four of 18 from the three-point line but this game was never in doubt as the Spurs stormed out of the gates to lead by 21 points going into halftime.

Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games, 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.  The Spurs are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight against the Western Conference.

Head to head, the home team is 36-15 ATS in the last 51 meetings and the Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.

It’s no coincidence that the Pelicans’ recent slump coincides with the injury to Anthony Davis who has missed three of the last four games and the news is that he is currently listed as questionable for Saturday. The Spurs were a little slow to start the season but they’ve picked up their play with DeRozan leading the scoring. The Pelicans really struggled in their last three games that Davis has missed and I think this meeting will be no different.

Pick:
San Antonio -4.5

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