New Orleans Pelicans at San Antonio Spurs
|Date & Time||Saturday February 2, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: San Antonio -10.5 -- Over/Under 233
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The New Orleans Pelicans pay a visit to the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.
The New Orleans Pelicans have been in a real slump as they’ve lost six of their last eight games and they will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Nuggets in a 105-99 home loss on Wednesday. Jrue Holiday led the team with 22 points and six assists, Kenrich Williams added 21 points off the bench while Darius Miller chipped in with 15 points and five assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot just 41 percent from the field and 15 of 36 from the 3-point line as they started well to take a lead going into halftime before the Nuggets took over the game in the third quarter where they outscored the Pelicans by 33-19. With the loss, New Orleans fell to 23-29 overall and 15-9 at home.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs have been building some nice momentum with six wins in their last eight games and they will be gunning for a fifth straight victory after sneaking past the Nets in a 117-114 home win on Thursday. Derrick White led the way with a career-high 26 points and six assists, LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points with 13 rebounds while Patty Mitts provided the spark off the bench with 17 points. As a team, the Spurs shot just 40 percent from the field and 12 of 33 from the 3-point line as they rallied in the fourth to escape with the narrow win. DeMar DeRozan returned from a three-game absence and finished with 15 points. With the win, San Antonio improved to 31-22 overall and 21-7 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six road games, 4-1 ATS in their last five against the Western Conference and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a loss. The Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 38-14 ATS in the last 52 meetings, the Pelicans are 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings overall but just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in San Antonio.
The Pelicans have been doing it tough ever since Anthony Davis went down and it just looks like things are going from bad to worse as Davis has asked to be traded. On the other hand, the Spurs have been on a nice run lately and they’re only going to improve as DeRozan works his way back into shape. The Pelicans are just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in San Antonio and I think that trend continues as the Spurs should stay hot with a win and cover against the slumping Pelicans.