San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-27-2018




San Antonio Spurs vs  New Orleans Pelicans	Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-27-2018

San Antonio Spurs (27-22) vs New Orleans Pelicans (22-26)

Date : 01/27/2019
Time : 6:00 pm EST
Location : Smoothie King Arena, New Orleans, Lousisiana

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans

Two teams looking to get back on the winning track in the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans well meet at Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday night at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. As stated, the Spurs have lost two games in a row as they suffered a setback to the Philadelphia 76ers on the road in their last outing and despite getting 26 points from DeMar DeRozan, the Spurs were not able to overcome a 33-point and 16 rebounds night from Joel Embiid en route to the defeat. Also, JJ Reddick along with Ben Simmons also had outstanding games for the 76ers in this contest as the home team shot over 50% from the floor as a team.

On the other hand, the New Orleans Pelicans will be looking to atone for a home loss to the Detroit Pistons as they went down by 10 points at the break and could never quite get things going on the offensive end despite shooting 47% from the floor. Of course, 12 turnovers can certainly be the catalyst for their inability to obtain any type of consistency on the offensive end.  However, defensively, they had a solid night in allowing the Pistons only 40% shooting from the floor; Yet, the road team was able to convert on 13 three pointers on the night in the victory.

 

San Antonio Spurs's Latest Performance :

Philadelphia was able to pick up yet another victory with Jimmy Butler being out of the lineup as Joel Embiid stepped to the forefront of the offensive end as he led with 33 points along with gathering 19 rebounds in the win. As stated, Ben Simmons and JJ Redick also were essential in the victory as well as Simmons pumped in 21 points while dishing out 15 assists while Reddick went 6-13 from three-point range in the much-needed victory.

On the other hand, San Antonio was led by DeMar DeRozan, as stated, while LaMarcus Aldridge struggled on the night while finishing which is 11 points total. With the All-Star Game looming, the Philadelphia 76ers will certainly look to continue to stretch their current winning streak in which to end the first half of the season on a much more positive note.

Of course, this will certainly not to come easy versus a New Orleans team that has not allowed opponents to reach 100 points in each of their last two outings, despite these contests both being both losses. Also, the Spurs will be looking to atone from a blowout loss to the Pelicans earlier in the season to where New Orleans posted 140 points total.

 

New Orleans Pelicans's Latest Performance :

Jrue Holiday led the New Orleans Pelicans in their defeat to the Detroit Pistons with 29 points as he also dished out seven assists in the contest. On the other hand, Jahlil Okafor also chipped in 17 points along with pulling down 10 rebounds in the defeat as well as New Orleans were without both Anthony Davis, was sidelined due to a finger injury, as well as Nikola Mirotic, who was out with a calf injury.

Unfortunately for the Pelicans, they are doubtful for this game as well versus the San Antonio Spurs while E’Tuan Moore remains questionable as he sat out the last game for New Orleans in which to obtain a bit of rest. Nonetheless, the Pelicans were not able to pick up the victory versus the Pistons at home in their last outing despite allowing just 40% shooting on the night for Detroit.

The key to this game was that the Pistons were able to connect on 13 3-point attempts on the night, as stated, as Blake Griffin along with Reggie Jackson combined to go 8-16 from long range on the night as they led the team with 37 and 17 points, respectively, while Griffin also pulled down nine rebounds in addition to dishing out seven assists in the much-needed victory for Detroit.

Nonetheless, the Pelicans are losers of four of their last five games, overall, as a victory over the San Antonio Spurs will certainly do them well as it relates to division standings, particularly with San Antonio in the third-place slot along with the Pelicans being 9 games behind at this point. Also. despite their losing ways recently, the Pelicans are winners of two of their last three home games, overall, while the Spurs have lost three of their last five road games, with their last being a defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers.

 

How San Antonio Spurs & New Orleans Pelicans Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

San Antonio is 29 – 19 – 1 ATS while the OU is 27 – 21

New Orleans is 21 – 26 – 1 ATS while the OU is 25-23

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Look for this to be a highly competitive contest amongst these two teams as both will be looking to get back on the winning track after recent losses. The Pelicans, on the other hand, has certainly had a rough go of it recently, however, both teams will be fighting tooth-and-nail in which to pick up the hard part victory in which to maintain their positioning within conference, or, increase their positioning by coming one step closer to obtaining the third place slot, as in the New Orleans Pelicans. Look for the Pelicans the struggle in this contest without Davis or Mirotic in the lineup; Nonetheless, Julius Randle along with Okafor will certainly need to step up in this contest. In addition to this, Holiday must also continue to play consistent on both ends of the floor as well as in order for them to remain competitive in this contest.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:  San Antonio Spurs

My reason for the pick :

 

The fact remains that while both teams will be looking to pick up the victory in this matchup, the San Antonio Spurs will have a huge advantage with Davis and Mirotic being out of the lineup. With that being the case, I expect for San Antonio to take advantage of a short-handed New Orleans Pelicans squad while picking up a much-needed victory after their slim loss in Philadelphia. Also, look for Aldridge to have a much better game in this outing while DeRozan will be as solid, as usual, in getting the victory in the end.

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Over

My reason for the prediction :

 

I will back the over in this contest when considering that both teams will be looking to push the pace early and often in which the kick-start their offenses. As stated, look for Aldridge to have a much better outing in this contest after posting only 11 points in their loss versus the 76ers. On the other hand, look for a Holiday and Randall to provide a huge punch for a New Orleans Pelicans squad that will need to account for the lost production without their star players. In all, the over will certainly be the play in this instance.

Betting trends for San Antonio Spurs:

  • The Spurs are 3-1 against the spread in last 4 games

Betting trends for New Orleans Pelicans:

  • The Pelicans are 5-3-1 against the spread in last nine games

  • The under is 4-2 in Pelicans last six games

Falepa

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