Pelicans a small value vs. Wizards?

Pelicans vs. Wizards NBA 2/23/16 Picks & Predictions

The Pelicans will look to build off a road victory against the Pistons on Sunday when they visit the Wizards tonight at 7:00PM ET.

Our NBA Odds page shows that the Wizards are a 5-point home favorite over the Pelicans according to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI. As for the total, the number currently sits at 215.5 points, up from 213.

New Orleans is 22-33 overall and 5-5 over its last 10 games, but just 3-7 against the spread over that same stretch. As for Washington, the Wizards are 5-5 straight up as well but covered in six of those 10 games and are 28-26 ATS this season.

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The Pelicans are just 10-11 against the spread coming off a win this season but that is a bit misleading. In those 21 games, they’ve lost by an average margin of just 2.7 points. Conversely, the Wizards are 7-9 against the spread as a home favorite this season, winning by an average margin of just 1.4 points in those 16 games.

New Orleans has also had some success at the betting window in Washington. The Pelicans have covered the number in five of their last six road games against the Wizards and the road team is a remarkable 14-2 against the spread in the last 16 meetings between these two teams.

There’s not immense value in the Pelicans, but there is some as the spread is seemingly a full basket higher than it should be.

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