I was way off on my pick on Saturday of the Nets (+4.5) as they were stomped on 108-73 at Utah. This evening I like the Denver Nuggets-New Orleans Pelicans match-up.
The Denver Nuggets have lost 7 straight games. On Monday they were defeated 102-98 at the Los Angeles Clippers. Their last 3 losses have been by a margin of 4 or less points. In 5 of their last 7 games they’ve been held under 100 points. They’ve allowed their last 6 opponents to score 100 or more points. They are 6-15 on the road this season. They have dropped their last 3 road games. They are 3-5 versus Southwest division opponents. They are 11th in the league in points per game with 101.8, 5th in the league in rebounds per game with 45.6 per game, 13th in the league in assists per game with 21.4 per game, and 27th in the league in points allowed with 104.5. Guard Ty Lawson leads the team in scoring with 17.1 points per game and leads the team in assists with 10 per game. Forward Kenneth Faried leads the team in rebounding with 9 rebounds per game. Tonight is the 1st game of a back to back. They are 3-7 in the first game of a back to back so far this season. Tomorrow night they play at Memphis. The New Orleans Pelicans have won 4 games in a row. On Monday they scored a 99-74 victory at home versus Philadelphia. 5 of their last 8 wins have been by a margin of 11 or more points. They have held 3 of their last 4 opponents under 90 points. They have failed to score 100 points in 6 of their last 7 games. They are 15-5 at home this season. They have won their last 4 home games. They are 6-3 versus Northwest division opponents. They are 16th in the league in points per game with 100.4, 9th in the league in rebounds per game with 44 per game, 18th in the league in assists per game with 21.2 per game, and 14th in the league in points allowed with 99.2. Forward Anthony Davis leads the team in scoring with 24.5 points per game and leads the team in rebounding with 10.4 boards per game. Guard Jrue Holiday leads the team in assists with 7.1 per game. Tonight is the 3rd game of a 6 game home stand. Their next game is Friday at home versus the Clippers.
In their first meeting this season Denver was victorious at home 117-97 versus New Orleans. After tonight the 2 teams play 2 more times this season, March 1st at Denver and March 15th at New Orleans.
Nuggets vs Pelicans Prediction
The Nuggets are really slumping right now while the Pelicans are starting to put some consistent winning together and they’re making a run at one of the bottom Western Conference playoff spots. Anthony Davis will get his points and rebounds for the Pelicans.
Take the Pelicans -6