Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Pelicans - 12/8/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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New Orleans Pelicans (7-19) vs Denver Nuggets (11-12)
Game Info: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans +2.5 -- Over/Under: 217 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. The Denver Nuggets need a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after splitting their last 10 games.
The Denver Nuggets are averaging 104 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 103.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 26.1 points and 13.6 rebounds, while Will Barton is averaging 15.9 points and 5.3 rebounds. Aaron Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Monte Morris is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game.
The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 103.2 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 109.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 21.9 points and 6.3 rebounds, while Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 18.6 points and 12.1 rebounds. Devonte’ Graham is the third double-digit scorer and Nickeil Alexander-Walker is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game.
The Nuggets are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 3-12 ATS in their last 15 Wednesday games. The over is 7-1 in Nuggets last 8 overall. The over is 4-1 in Pelicans last 5 overall. The Nuggets are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The Denver Nuggets are slumping, and they lose on the road by an average of 5.1 points, so it feels weird to see them in the favorite role. With that said, the New Orleans Pelicans aren't playing any better, losing their last five games by an average of 5.8 points, and they lose at home by an average of 4.2 points. The Nuggets should win this game, but it's not one of the better games on a stacked Wednesday card. I'll lay the bucket with the Nuggets on the road.
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Randy’s Pick Denver Nuggets -2.5
AUTHOR: Randy Chambers
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