New Orleans Pelicans (@4.2) vs Denver Nuggets (@1.25)
24-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Denver Nuggets will win

New Orleans Pelicans – Denver Nuggets Match Prediction | 24-08-2019 22:40

They have a point differential of 5.7 as they average 111.6 points per game while giving up 105.9 per contest. They average 116.6 points per game and surrender 115.1, good for a point differential of 1.5. They are 4th in the Southwest Division. The Nuggets have a record of 34-15. They are 1st in the Northwest Division. The Pelicans have an overall record of 22-28 this season.

Opponents average 41.6 rebounds a game which ranks 1st, and they give up 24.3 assists per contest which puts them in 14th place in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 14th and 3rd in those defensive categories. Denver averages 111.6 points per contest this season, which ranks them 18th in the NBA. They force 13.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 10th in the league. In the turnover department they rank 25th with 13.1 per game. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 13th in the league. The Nuggets allow 105.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 6th in the league. They average 46.8 rebounds per game and 27.1 assists per contest, which ranks them 6th and 3rd in those offensive categories. Their average scoring margin is 5.7 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 10th.

There were bench surprises that contributed to the Pelicans victory. While in New Orleans, the Pelicans grounded the Houston Rockets despite the absence of Center Anthony Davis at a score of 121-116 in Tuesday nights road game. New Orleans broke off from their 3-game skid and proved that they can beat a worthy team despite missing the services of Davis and a looming trade deal. Center Jahlil Okafor delivered 27 points and 12 boards in 37 minutes off the New Orleans bench and a rebounding display of rookie SF Kenrich Williams pulling down 16 rebounds. The only regular starter for the night, PG Jrue Holiday delivered 19 points, 6 rebounds, 6 blocks and 8 assists for the Pelicans.

Saturday

The Pelicans recently won their match against the Phoenix Suns. New Orleans Coach Alvin Gentry talked to his boys during the half time break; after that the Pelicans took over and cap the match at a score of 130-116 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. PF Julius Randle delivered 22 points seconded by PG Jrue Holiday with 21, SF ETwaun Moore pitched in 20 while time bound Center Anthony Davis made 17 points and 8 boards in 21 minutes of play for the the Pelicans. The New Orleans Pelicans will fly a mile higher to clash with the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

Center Nikola Jokic is the leader in scoring of the Pacers with 20.6 ppg, 50.0% in FG shooting, and 84.4% from the foul line. The team is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 home matches and its last 14 games went under the totals. Denver is making points at 112.2 ppg at 47.0% from the field and sets its opponents at 107.0 ppg. The Nuggets have 46.9 rebounds, 27.7 assists, 4.5 blocks, and 7.8 steals per game. Denver is down to second place in the West with a 42-19 win/loss card and now ranks 4th in the League.

Denver is 26th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12 on defense. As a unit they are 14th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 16th in the NBA. They are 28th in the NBA in pace with 96.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 10th. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 16th in the NBA. The Nuggets are 2nd in the league in defensive rating with 109.2, and their offensive rating of 115.1 is ranked 11th.

Gary Harris averages 15.0 points per game in 29.7 minutes per contest. He averages 2.7 assists per contest and 3.1 rebounds per game. He pulls down 10.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 7.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%. Nikola Jokic comes into this contest averaging 20.1 points per game while playing 31.3 minutes per night. His field goal percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage is at 85%.

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Dog of the day

The Pelicans have had a lot of close losses and don't often play like a team that has every reason in the world to pack it in. I'll take my chances with the truckload of points. The Denver Nuggets at home has been an automatic bet for me, as they're 22-10 ATS and have covered eight of their last 10 games.The New Orleans Pelicans are a complete mess with the Anthony Davis drama and are on the end of a back to back, but they continue to compete and are fresh off a comfortable win over the Phoenix Suns. This seems like too many points to lay, even if the trends suggest a Nuggets blowout.

In their latest matchup they saw a 4-game victory streak end with a road defeat by the LA Lakers, 114-121. In their latest matchup they saw a 4-game victory streak end by losing at home against Utah, 111-132. Nuggets are 4-1 so far in the league and are tied with tonights opponent New Orleans in the second place of the Western Conference. Pelicans are also 4-1 so far in the league and are tied with tonights opponent Denver in the second place of the Western Conference.