San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans - 4/13/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans - 4/13/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (36-46) vs San Antonio Spurs (34-48)

Game Info: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 9:30 pm (Smoothie King Center)

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The San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans meet Wednesday in NBA Play-In West Playoff action at the Smoothie King Center. The San Antonio Spurs look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after splitting their last six games.

The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 113.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Dejounte Murray is averaging 21.1 points and 8.3 rebounds, while Keldon Johnson is averaging 17 points and 2.1 assists. Jakob Poeltl is the third double-digit scorer and Devin Vassell is dishing 1.9 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 109.3 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 110.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting. CJ McCollum is averaging 24.3 points and 4.5 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.7 points and 5.8 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Devonte’ Graham is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game.

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The Spurs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Pelicans are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games as a favorite and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The under is 6-2 in Spurs last 8 Wednesday games. The under is 9-4 in Pelicans last 13 overall. The Spurs are 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings in New Orleans and 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

The New Orleans Pelicans have home court, and they're the better team on paper, so I understand them being favored here. However, the San Antonio Spurs ended the regular season playing the better ball, and you could argue they've been better on the road than at home. The Spurs actually win on the road by an average of 0.4 points, and they've covered 10 of their last 11 games overall. The New Orleans Pelicans win at home by an average of just 1.3 points. The Spurs are 24-16-1 against the spread on the road. The Pelicans have allowed 54 percent shooting in their last five games. I'll take the free buckets with the Spurs.

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Randy’s Pick San Antonio Spurs +5.5

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