Pelicans vs. Nuggets Prediction
The New Orleans Pelicans and the Denver Nuggets have both played impressive basketball in the early going this season. Which one-loss squad will notch the win tonight when they meet in the thin air of Denver?
Monday, October 29, 2018
Pepsi Center at 9:05PM ET
TV: ALT (DEN)
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Nuggets are a 9-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 229.5 points. As of Monday afternoon, 57 percent of public bets are siding with visiting New Orleans. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Davis questionable to play
Pelicans star center Anthony Davis missed the 132-111 home loss to the Jazz Saturday night with a sprained elbow. He is questionable to play tonight. New Orleans was outscored a combined 74-51 in the second and third quarters of the defeat. Nikola Mirotic led the way with 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting plus eight rebounds. Jrue Holiday had 18 points, six assists, two rebounds and two blocked shots. Frank Jackson had 14 points and two assists off the bench. Julius Randle tallied 12 points and three boards. Jahlil Okafor had 11 points and six rebounds as a reserve. Cheick Diallo added 10 points and four rebounds off the bench.
Nuggets suffer first loss at Lakers
Denver lost 121-114 at Los Angeles Thursday night as it was outscored 34-25 in the fourth quarter. Nikola Jokic had 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting with 11 rebounds and three assists in the loss. Jamal Murray accounted for 22 points and 10 boards. Monte Morris registered 20 points, seven assists, three rebounds and three steals off the bench. Gary Harris had 13 points, five assists and three rebounds. Trey Lyles tallied 11 points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench. Mason Plumlee added 10 points and three rebounds as a reserve.
NBA Betting Trends
The Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a straight up loss. The over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Denver is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 home games versus New Orleans.
First off, check the reports as it gets closer to tip-off on the status of Davis. If he is out again, the Nuggets are good enough to smash anyone on their home floor let alone a team without its superstar. Denver is going to want to rebound from its loss last week against LA and should take advantage of the mismatch inside with Jokic as long as Davis is out. The spread is big here, but Denver is equipped with a starting five that all plays solid defense plus a talented offense that will exploit New Orleans' defensive deficiencies.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: DENVER NUGGETS +9