The San Antonio Spurs head to NOLA to face the New Orleans Pelicans. The game tipoffs off on TNT at 8:00 PM EST from the Smoothie King Center.
The Spurs are gunning for their seventh win in a row. They are averaging 105 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 92.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting. On the flip side, the Pelicans are looking to go one game above .500 in their last 10. They are averaging 102.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 46.5 percent shooting.
A Closer Look At The San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans NBA Odds & My Free Pick
What: San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans
When: Thursday, March 3, 2016
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Where: New Orleans, LA
Stadium: Smoothie King Center
Spread: Spurs -8.5
Moneyline: Spurs -360 vs Pelicans +295
Game Total: 207.5
Stream: TNT Overtime
Listen: San Antonio vs New Orleans
Why Bet The San Antonio Spurs To Beat The Pelicans
Every year is the year that the Spurs finally turn back into a pumpkin, but every year the Spurs keep winning. This year is no exception as the age-proof San Antonio Spurs have clinched a 19th straight playoff berth this week.
“It’s not about (making the playoffs),” said LaMarcus Aldridge. “This is my first year here, but even for me it’s not about that. I think we have a bigger picture in mind.”
San Antonio is on a six-game winning streak, including a victory last night against the Detroit Pistons. Their last three losses, spread over the last three months, were against Championship pedigree teams like the Clippers, Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Spurs will go after their seventh straight win as they hit the road for the ninth time in 10 games, though their recent visits to New Orleans haven’t gone so well. They’ve dropped their last three at the Smoothie King Center following a 104-90 loss there on Nov. 20.
Why Bet The New Orleans Pelicans To Beat The Spurs
The Spurs are old and are playing back to back games over two nights, but can the Pelicans take advantage of the short rest and beat San Antonio?
Banged up Pelican Anthony Davis will be defended by Spur Kawhi Leonard, but he has the advantage in youth and athleticism. Anthony is averaging 24.1 points per game while shooting 50.1% from the field. He needs to go over 30 to get a home win, but we have seen him do it before.
Ryan Anderson finished with 30 points while making 6 of 11 from 3-point range in their previous game versus the Spurs. Davis contributed 20 points and 18 rebounds. Davis has given the mighty Spurs all they can handle, averaging 23.5 and 12.9 over eight consecutive double-doubles in the series.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- San Antonio 11-1-1 SU in its last 13 games
- San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- San Antonio is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing New Orleans
- San Antonio is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
- New Orleans is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 12 of New Orleans’s last 13 games at home
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Spurs, who have dropped four of the past six meetings with the Pelicans (23-36). Now they face the Pelicans in NOLA after facing the Pistons in San Antonio last night. The back-to-back games don’t bode well for the Spurs and I expect the Pelicans to cover.
My final score prediction is San Antonio Spurs 101, New Orleans 97.