Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Pelicans - 3/26/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
Photo by Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Pelicans (19-24) vs Denver Nuggets (26-18)
Game Info: Friday, March 26, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans +1.5 -- Over/Under: 230 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets pay a visit to the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Friday night.
The Denver Nuggets have been in fine form as they’ve won nine of their past 12 games, but they will be hoping to bounce back in this one after getting thrashed by the Raptors in a 135-111 road loss on Wednesday. Jamal Murray led the team with 20 points and seven assists, Nikola Jokic added 20 points with 10 rebounds and five assists, Michael Porter Jr. scored 19 points while Paul Millsap chipped in with 11 points and six assists, but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Nuggets shot 41 percent from the field and 14 of 43 from the 3-point line as they were slow to get going and just left themselves too much ground to make up after getting outscored by 72-54 in the first half.
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have been in decent shape as they’ve won four of their past six games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after routing the depleted Lakers in a 128-111 home win on Tuesday. Brandon Ingram led the team with 36 points on 14 of 21 shooting, Zion Williamson added 27 points with nine rebounds and five assists while Nikeil Alexander-Walker chipped in with 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 52 percent from the field and 10 of 29 from the 3-point line as they shot 52 percent from the field and 10 of 29 from the 3-point line as they took control of the game in the second quarter where they held the Lakers to just 17 points, before exploding for 43 points in the third quarter to lead by as many as 30 points.
Looking at the betting trends, the Nuggets are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following a loss of more than 10 points. The Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games playing on two days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings overall, the Nuggets are 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and the Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in New Orleans.
The Nuggets were playing some of their best basketball of the season before getting routed by the slumping Raptors on Wednesday, so they will be eager to get back in the win column, while the Pelicans have come to life with four wins in their last six games after destroying the shorthanded Lakers on Tuesday. The Nuggets are deserved favorites here being the team in better form, but they are only 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings overall when playing the Pelican and that’s where I’m going in this one.