At 8:00 ET, the Pelicans (-298) will visit the Spurs (+239) in a Western Southwest division matchup. San Antonio enters the game on a two-game losing streak and has the worst record in the Western Conference at 10-38.
The over/under line for this game is 234.5 points, and the Pelicans are currently favored by 7.5.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS VS SAN ANTONIO SPURS BETTING PICK
The Pick: San Antonio Spurs +7.5
This game will be played at Frost Bank Center at 8:00 ET on Friday, February 2nd.
WHY BET THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 113-109 in favor of the Pelicans.
- Our projections have Brandon Ingram finishing with Brandon Ingram points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
- From the field, we have the Pelicans finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.1% and knocking down 14 threes.
Will New Orleans Shock Everyone at Frost Bank Center?
In their last game, the Pelicans defeated the Rockets by a score of 110-99. The combined scoring in that game was 209 points, which was below the O/U line of 230.5.
New Orleans has a record of 27-21 this season, which is good for 7th place in the Western Conference. In games against other Western Conference teams, they are 19-17 compared to 8-4 against the East.
The Pelicans have covered the spread in two straight games and have an ATS record of 27-21 overall. On the road, they are 13-11 ATS compared to 14-10 straight up.
On average, Pelicans games have finished with 229.4 points per game, which is lower than today’s O/U line of 234.5. This season, their games have averaged an O/U line of 230.2.
For the season, the Pelicans are 15-10 as the favorite and have gone 13-12 ATS in those games. As the favorite, they have a scoring margin of +7.7 PPG.
Against the Western Conference, the Pelicans are favored by 7.5 points. In non-conference play, they are 12-11 as the favorite and 14-9 as the favorite vs. other Western Conference teams.
The Pelicans are currently 13th in the NBA in scoring at 116.5 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 116.9 points per game compared to 116.1 at home.
So far this season, the Pelicans have outscored the NBA scoring average in 52.1% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 9th in the league at 48%.
When it comes to pace, the Pelicans are 19th in the NBA at 98.3 possessions per game. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 7th in the league at 37%.
So far, the Pelicans’ defense is ranked 14th in the league at 112.9 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Pelicans are causing 12.8 turnovers per game, ranking 14th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 21st in rejections, averaging 4.8 blocked shots each game.
Will the Spurs Defense Show Up at Home?
This season, the Spurs have an O/U record of 27-20-1, and their games have averaged 233.6 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 234.5, and San Antonio has hit the under in their last four games.
Despite being 10-38 overall, the Spurs are just 7.5-point underdogs at home today. In Western Conference play, they are 7-20 compared to 3-18 against the East. This puts them in 15th place in the West.
In terms of ATS, the Spurs have gone 23-25 this season, including a 11-13 record at home. They have failed to cover the spread in their last two games at home and have an average scoring differential of -6.4 points per game at home.
In their most recent game, the Spurs lost to the Magic by a score of 108-98. The O/U line for that game was 226 points, and San Antonio was a 6-point underdog. This dropped their record to 6-37 as the underdog this season.
At home, the Spurs are averaging 115.1 points per game, which is 19th in the NBA. Overall, they are 24th in scoring at 112.6 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage, the Spurs are 26th in the league at 46%.
San Antonio is one of the top teams in terms of pace, ranking 4th in the NBA. They are also 3rd in assists at 29.4 per game. In terms of three-point shooting, the Spurs are 15th in made threes but just 28th in three-point shooting percentage.
So far this season, the Spurs have outscored the NBA scoring average in 45.8% of their games. In terms of free throw shooting, they are 29th in both attempts and makes.
The Spurs’ defense is presently ranked 26th in the league, allowing an average of 121.1 points per contest. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Spurs defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 55.6% while allowing 38.6% from downtown.