Spurs vs. Pelicans Spread Prediction
The San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans will each have a key player down on Saturday when the two teams meet at 6:00 p.m. ET. With each squad depleted, who is the better bet to cover the single point for bettors?
6:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, January 26, 2019
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Pelicans are 1-point favorites to beat the Spurs. The total, meanwhile, sits at 219.5 points and as of this writing, 66% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Spurs to cover the point spread.
San Antonio Spurs Fantasy Spin
DeMar DeRozan (sore left knee) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. New Orleans. DeRozan was dealing with an ankle injury last week, which cost him a game, but that was the only contest he's missed this season due to injury. This knee soreness is a new issue. DeRozan scored 26 points on Wednesday but was averaging just 13.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists, while shooting a putrid 35.0 percent from the floor and 52.9 percent from the stripe over the Spurs previous six contests. Marco Belinelli, Patty Mills and Rudy Gay will divvy up extra minutes on Saturday.
New Orleans Pelicans Fantasy Spin
Jrue Holiday was the focal point of the offense during a 122-116 loss to the Thunder on Thursday, scoring 22 points with nine rebounds, 13 assists, four steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes. Even in a tough matchup, he was in a smash spot for DFS. In a small sample without Anthony Davis (finger), Julius Randle (ankle) and Nikola Mirotic, Holiday has per-36 stats of 41.0 points, 3.4 boards, 6.8 assists, 3.4 blocks and 6.8 treys (21-minute sample). He'll get the Spurs on Saturday night and may have to dominate again, so his owners can expect even better output in the next week. He's a stud.
NBA Betting Trends
The Spurs are 8-1-1 against the spread in their last 10 games coming off a loss.
The Pelicans have covered the spread in 10 of their last 14 home games when facing an opponent with a road winning percentage of less than .400.
The Spurs are an abysmal 5-21 against the spread in their last 26 games played in New Orleans and are just 2-6 at the betting window in their last eight games versus the Pelicans overall. The home team has also dominated this series, covering the spread in 38 of the last 51 meetings while the favorite is a perfect 4-0 against the spread in the last four meetings.
Saturday NBA Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans -1