New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 10/18/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 10/18/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (4-0) vs. New York Knicks (1-2)

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks +2 -- Over/Under: 234.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks meet Friday in NBA preseason action at Madison Square Garden.

The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win to finish the preseason with a perfect 5-0 record. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 127.8 points on 50 percent shooting and allowing 118.8 points on 49.4 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 15.7 points and 3.7 assists. Nickeil Alexander-Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Ingram is grabbing four rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 40 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost six of their last 10 preseason games.

The New York Knicks look for a win to finish the preseason with a 2-2 record. The New York Knicks are averaging 99.7 points on 40.2 percent shooting and allowing 104.7 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Marcus Morris is averaging 17.3 points and seven rebounds while Julius Randle is averaging 15 points and 7.7 rebounds. RJ Barrett is the third double-digit scorer and Bobby Portis is grabbing eight rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50.3 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have won four of their last eight preseason games.

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The under is 6-1 in Pelicans last 7 games following a straight up win and 5-1 in Pelicans last 6 games following a ATS win. The over is 5-1-1 in Pelicans last 7 Friday games. The Knicks are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 Friday games. The under is 3-0-1 in Knicks last 4 Friday games and 3-0-1 in Knicks last 4 overall. The Pelicans are 7-15 ATS in the last 22 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

The New Orleans Pelicans are a young, competitive team that you can tell is enjoying the preseason and having fun making a name for themselves before the real thing begins. The New York Knicks look like the usual Knicks, a team that struggles shooting the basketball and has a hard time doing the little things well to get over the top. Zion and others should love putting on a show at MSG. I'll lay the bucket. 

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans -2

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