Spurs vs. Pelicans Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Pelicans are a 1-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 207 points.
San Antonio enters with an 11-6 overall record and 9-8 ATS after a 96-85 home win over the Hawks. New Orleans is 9-8 overall and 10-7 ATS following a 114-107 home victory over the Thunder. The Spurs went 3-1 straight up and 2-2 ATS in four meetings last season. The total went 2-2.
In the win against Atlanta, LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Manu Ginobili contributed 16 points and three assists off the bench. Danny Green added 14 points and eight boards. San Antonio led 46-38 at halftime.
The Pelicans were paced by Anthony Davis with 36 points, 15 rebounds and three assists in the win over OKC. Jrue Holiday had 18 points, four assists and two steals. DeMarcus Cousins tallied 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes before being ejected in the third quarter for throwing an elbow. New Orleans outscored the Thunder 57-42 in the second half.
San Antonio is 5-18 ATS in its last 23 meetings in New Orleans. The under is 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings.
San Antonio is coached as well as any team in the NBA and defensive gameplans that work are a staple of the Spurs' success. Look for the visitors to frustrate Cousins and Davis enough at times to get the job done, while San Antonio also makes it look easy on offense. Take the visitors as a very small underdog.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: SAN ANTONIO SPURS +1