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New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets Prediction And Betting Odds

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets: Betting Tips, Prediction & Betting Odds

Don’t look now, but the New Orleans Pelicans are rolling again. Zion and co. are on a run of 6 wins in 7 games, but their form will be put to the test tonight as they visit the NBA champs Denver Nuggets. In the last 12 meetings, the Pels have just 4 wins against Nikola Jokic’s team, but with them covering the spread in their last 5 games on the road this could be a solid opportunity to get one on the road. Injuries will play a huge part in deciding tonight’s game though, New Orleans has listed all 3 of their stars Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson and C.J. McCollum as game time decision here. All 3 of them did play in the blowout win over the Warriors the other day and with them leading by 19 points after the first quarter, none of the starters played more than 30 minutes, so they should be fresh here.

Denver dominated the first meeting of the season by 18 points back in early November at home. They’ll be highly motivated to bounce back here following their 124-111 loss at Utah. It was their 2nd defeat in 3 games, which is a bit unexpected considering they had 11 wins and just 2 losses in their previous 13 games. There’s no room for negativity though, the Nuggets haven’t been this healthy in a while, come playoff time that will be the number one thing for this team if they want to repeat as champions. They’ll also be counting on their home form to carry them – the Nuggets are 16-4 SU in their last 20 at Ball Arena, but it is worth pointing out that they’ve covered the spread in just 3 of the last 10 meetings with the Pelicans at home.

New Orleans Pelicans Point Spread

Pelicans +5.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds at time of publishing.

Aside from the loss to the Clippers last weekend, the Pelicans have been perfect in the last couple of weeks. Their last 4 wins have been by double digits, so I expect them to put together a solid performance here. I still believe the Nuggets will prevail, but it could be a close finish. I would recommend backing the New Orleans Pelicans and the extra points.

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets Total Points: Over 229.5

We saw 250 points scored in the first meeting of the season at Ball Arena, followed by just 225 in the 2nd game played in New Orleans. For tonight we have a projected total of 229.5 points, a number the Nuggets have surpassed in their last 4 games overall. New Orleans also went over that number in their last 2 games, primarily due to their high scoring outputs. The Pels have really turned it up on offense in their last 10 games, ranking 5th in efficiency on that end. However, they do play the slowest pace out of all 30 teams in the NBA during that stretch, which is a slight concern for all of us backing the over here. Denver is 10th in offensive efficiency in their last 10 games, which is slightly down from their season average. Still, these two teams are loaded with talent that can score the ball so I expect a free flowing offensive game from both sides. I am backing the over with confidence.

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