Check out our free Pelicans vs Spurs pick and preview for this NBA game in San Antonio. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Pelicans vs Spurs NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: New Orleans Pelicans at San Antonio Spurs
- Where: San Antonio at AT&T Center
- Date: Wednesday, November 23rd
- Betting Odds SA +7.5, NO -294 | SA +235 O/U 232.5
So far, the Pelicans have put together an overall record of 10-7, while going 10-7-0 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, New Orleans has an overall record of 2-1, including going 2-1 against the spread.
In their previous game, the Pelicans took down the Warriors by a score of 128-83. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 10 point favorites. New Orleans was able to maintain control throughout the game, as they outscored the Warriors in each quarter. In the win, Brandon Ingram led the team in scoring with 34 points on a field goal percentage of 63.2%.
The Spurs come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 6-12. So far, the team has gone 9-9-0 against the spread. San Antonio will take the court having lost 5 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -23.0 points per game.
San Antonio is trying to bounce back from a 123-92 loss to the Lakers. Going into this game, the team was 6 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. In the defeat, San Antonio did not outscore the Lakers in a single quarter. In the loss, Devin Vassell led the team in scoring with 17 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Going back to last season, the Spurs took the season series 3-1. But, this year they will look to do a better job defending home court, as they split their matchups vs San Antonio. Similar to their season-long average, the Pelicans averaged 109.5 points per game vs the Spurs. Just like the Pelicans, the Spurs maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 108.5 points per game vs New Orleans. When looking at how these teams have performed vs the spread in recent matchups, the Spurs have an ATS mark of 3-2. Yet, the Pelicans have averaged more points per game in these contests, at 110 compared to San Antonio at 110. A combined average of 217 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Pelicans offense is rated 4th in the league in scoring, averaging 4th points per contest. 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. New Orleans appears to be a candidate to have some offensive regression as not only are the a below average outside shooting unit, but they are generating free-throws at a rate below the NBA average.
Defensively, New Orleans has had its problems giving up an average of 110.28 points per game (13th).
On offense, CJ McCollum leads the Pelicans in scoring at 18.71 points per game, placing him 58th in the NBA. Overall, McCollum has hit 41.0% of his shots while accounting for 19.8% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 26th in points allowed to point-guards. At 22.08 points per game, Brandon Ingram is the 2nd leading scorer for the Pelicans. For the season, he is 61st in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting an overall field goal percentage of 47.7%.
This season, the San Antonio offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 110.1 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Spurs will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.1 made 3’s per game. Not only is the San Antonio offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 30th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
On defense, the Spurs will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 23rd ranked unit in points allowed per game.
This season, the Spurs offense has primarily worked through Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell, who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 16 games, Johnson is 34th in the NBA at 21.31 points per game. So far, him and Vassell have accounted for 36% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 41.459999999999994 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Devin Vassell is grabbing 3.85 rebounds for San Antonio to go along with 3.38 assists.
Pelicans vs Spurs Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pelicans -7.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 232.5
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