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Nuggets vs Pelicans NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Pelicans
- Where: New Orleans at Smoothie King Center
- Date: Sunday, December 4th
- Betting Odds NO -1, DEN -116 | NO -106 O/U nan
The Nuggets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 14-8. So far, the team has gone 11-11-0 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
The Nuggets are coming off a disappointing 117-109 loss to the Hawks. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 5 points. Denver got off to a slow start, trailing by 14 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Nikola Jokic, as he contributed 24 points while hitting 66.7% of his shots.
The Pelicans come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 14-8. So far, the team has gone 12-10-0 against the spread. New Orleans comes into the game having rattled off 3 straight wins. In these victories, the team has an average scoring margin of 13.33 points per game
In their previous game, the Pelicans took down the Spurs by a score of 117-99. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 7 point favorites. Although New Orleans trailed the Spurs going into halftime, by the end of the 3rd quarter they had taken the lead. In the win, Zion Williamson led the team in scoring with 30 points on a field goal percentage of 64.3%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Looking back to last season, the Nuggets and Pelicans met up for games, with Denver winning the series 3-1. A large part of the team’s overall success vs New Orleans, was their ability to win on the road as they were above .500 away from home in the series. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Nuggets averaged 119.75 points per game vs New Orleans, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Pelicans also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 115.5 points per game vs Denver. In terms of betting, Denver has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs New Orleans. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +4 points per game in favor of the Nuggets. The over-under record in these same games is 2-2-1, with the teams combining for an average of 232 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Coming into today’s action, Denver is averaging 115.1 points per contest. This figure places them 9th in the league. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Nuggets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.1 per contest. However, they have been able to make up for this slow style of place by scoring with a high rate of efficiency. This season, they are ranked 6th in made field goals per game.
Currently, the Nuggets defense is ranked 14th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 110.41 points per game vs the unit.
Center Nikola Jokic currently leads the Nuggets at 22.74 points per game. For the season, he is 62nd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 15.5% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Jokic is averaging 9.79 boards and 8.89 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 3rd ranked defense at defending centers. Jamal Murray enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 18 games, he is averaging 17.94 and is 94th in the league in player efficiency rating.
New Orleans will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 117.1 points per game (5th). Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.5 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 9th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.
Currently, the Pelicans defense is ranked 13th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 110.28 points per game vs the unit.
On offense, Zion Williamson leads the Pelicans in scoring at 23.53 points per game, placing him 23rd in the NBA. Overall, Williamson has hit 59.5% of his shots while accounting for 17.0% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 11th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 17.94 points per game, CJ McCollum is the 2nd leading scorer for the Pelicans. For the season, he is 170th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting an effective field goal percentage of 17.94.
Nuggets vs Pelicans Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Nuggets -1.0
- Free Total Prediction: Over nan
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