Pelicans vs. Spurs Prediction
Will the San Antonio Spurs handle being a double-digit favorite at home when they host the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans tonight at 8:30PM ET?
513 New Orleans Pelicans vs. 514 San Antonio Spurs
Saturday, February 2, 2019
8:30PM ET – AT&T Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Spurs are the clear favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -10.5 points against the Pelicans. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 231 points. The public betting for this game currently has 53 percent going on the Spurs at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
New Orleans back in a hole
The Pelicans are coming off a 105-99 loss at home to the Nuggets for their fourth loss in five games. Still, New Orleans has managed to cover in three of its last four games. The Pelicans are 23-29 overall, 8-20 on the road, 24-27-1 against the spread and 28-24 with the over.
New Orleans is averaging 116.3 points per game on offense this season while shooting 48 percent from the field. Defensively, the Pelicans are giving up 114.9 points per game. The team is loaded with injuries. Anthony Davis is injured and the talk of heavy trade talks while Nikola Mirotic, Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton and E’Twaun Moore are also out tonight. Jrue Holiday is the current active leader with 21.2 points and 8.0 assists per game, but the five that are out are five of the top six scorers on the team.
Spurs on a win streak
The San Antonio Spurs have won four straight coming into tonight, but have failed to cover in two straight at home against the Suns and Nets. San Antonio is now 31-22 on the season, 21-7 at home, 31-21-1 against the spread and 31-21-1 with the over.
San Antonio is putting up 112.6 points per game this season behind the league’s top 3-point shooting effort. The Spurs make 40.9 percent from the arc and 48.1 percent from the field. Defensively, San Antonio is giving up 110.1 points per game. DeMar DeRozan is leading the team with 21.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game while LaMarcus Aldridge is adding 21.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Pelicans are 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six road games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games playing on two days of rest.
The Spurs are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win.
The Spurs haven’t looked good in recent games, struggling to beat the Suns and Nets at home as big favorites. Despite the injuries to the Pelicans, New Orleans has been able to cover thanks to their role players giving a strong effort in a rare chance for big minutes. San Antonio hasn’t covered a double-digit spread since December 11. I am going to take my chances with the points.
NBA Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans +10.5