Pelicans vs Nuggets Prediction - NBA Picks 3/30/23

Denver Nuggets (51-24) vs New Orleans Pelicans (38-38)

Game Info: Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 10:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Denver Nuggets -9 -- Over/Under: 233 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Orleans Pelicans and Denver Nuggets meet Thursday in NBA action at the Ball Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 114.3 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 112.5 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 26 points and 7 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 24.1 points and 5.1 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 10.1 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game.

The Denver Nuggets are averaging 116.8 points on 50.9 percent shooting and allowing 112.7 points on 48.1 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 24.9 points and 11.9 rebounds, while Jamal Murray is averaging 20.1 points and 4 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Gordon is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game.

The Pelicans are 9-19 ATS in their last 28 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 16-5 in Pelicans last 21 overall. The under is 6-0 in Nuggets last 6 overall. The Pelicans are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Denver.

The Denver Nuggets should be favored at home, where they've beaten teams into the ground and covered numbers left and right. However, this is a lot of points to give the Pelicans, who are fighting to stay in the play-in tournament. Even with the Pelicans collapse Tuesday against the Warriors, they're winning their last 5 games by an average of 19.6 points. The Pels need a win to improve their playoff chances. Give me the points.

Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans +9

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