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Pelicans vs Wizards NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: New Orleans Pelicans at Washington Wizards
  • Where: Washington at Capital One Arena
  • Date: Monday, January 9th
  • Betting Odds WAS -2, NO +107 | WAS -129 O/U 228.5

So far, the Pelicans have put together an overall record of 24-16, while going 20-20-0 vs the spread. The Pelicans head into today’s action in the midst of a 2 game losing streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of -8.0.

New Orleans is trying to bounce back from a 127-117 loss to the Mavericks. Going into this game, the team was 9 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. New Orleans got off to a slow start, trailing by 17 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Jonas Valanciunas, as he contributed 25 points while hitting 76.9% of his shots.

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The Wizards come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 17-23. So far, the team has gone 17-22-1 against the spread. The Wizards head into today’s action in the midst of a 2 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -13.5.

Washington is trying to bounce back from a 127-110 loss to the Thunder. Going into this game, the team was 1 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. In the loss, Washington got off to a slow start, trailing by 26 points going into halftime. In the loss, Kyle Kuzma led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

Going back to last season, the Pelicans and Wizards split their season series, with each team picking up a win at home. The average point total across the two games was 218.5 points. Similar to their season-long average, the Pelicans averaged 113.5 points per game vs the Wizards. Just like the Pelicans, the Wizards maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 103.5 points per game vs New Orleans. The Pelicans have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 9 points per game. In these contests, they averaged a combined 223 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The New Orleans offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 4th ranked offense at 117.1 points per game. When looking at the Pelicans pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 101.0. Heading into the game, the Pelicans will look to continue with their formula of playing fast and getting to the basket, as they are near the top of the league in two-point fields made per game.

Defensively, New Orleans has had its problems giving up an average of 110.28 points per game (13th).

Keep in mind that the top two scorers for the Pelicans, Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum, will not be playing in today’s game. This season, Williamson has been averaging 26.0 points per game, and McCollum has been averaging 20.4 points per game.

For the season, the Wizards offensive unit is ranked just 21st in scoring at 112.1 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Wizards will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.7 made 3’s per game. If the Washington offense is going to improve, they must continue to do a good job avoiding turnovers. Currently, the unit is 10th in fewest turnovers per game.

On defense, the Wizards will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 16th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

Power-Foward Kyle Kuzma currently leads the Wizards at 21.4 points per game. For the season, he is 39th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.5% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Kuzma is averaging 7.5 boards and 3.9 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 3rd ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Kristaps Porzingis enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 36 games, he is averaging 21.9 and is 40th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Pelicans vs Wizards Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Pelicans +2
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 228.5

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