New Orleans Pelicans at San Antonio Spurs 3/18/22 - NBA Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 03/17/2022 at 11:05 PM ET

The New Orleans Pelicans look to bounce back from a loss when visiting the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. New Orleans is third in the Southwest Division at 28-41 and 19 ½ games behind the first-place Memphis Grizzlies. New Orleans was defeated by the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday 131-115 stop. The leading scorer for New Orleans was Herbert Jones with 22 points. New Orleans outrebounded Phoenix 45-34 but committed 17 turnovers to only nine by the Suns.

CJ McCollum is leading New Orleans in scoring and assists with averages of 26.6 points and 6.8 assists per game, while Jonas Valanciunas is the leading rebounder with an average of 11.4 rebounds per game. Brandon Ingram is the second leading scorer with an average of 22.8 points per game but is sidelined with a hamstring injury. New Orleans is scoring an average of 108.3 points per game.

San Antonio looks for a second consecutive victory when hosting New Orleans on Friday. The Spurs are fourth in the Southwest Division 27-43 and 21 games behind the first-place Memphis Grizzlies. San Antonio defeated Oklahoma City 122-120 on a three-point jump shot by Lonnie Walker with only 1.3 seconds to play. San Antonio is 11th in the Western Conference standings 1 ½ games behind tenth place New Orleans.

Dejounte Murray is leading San Antonio in scoring and assists with averages of 20.8 points and 9.4 assists per game, while Jakob Poeltl is the leading rebounder with an average of 9.1 rebounds per game. San Antonio has six players averaging double-figures in scoring and as a team is scoring an average of 112.9 points per game. The Spurs are shooting 46.8% overall and 35.0% from 3-point territory.

New Orleans has played the entire season without Zion Williamson and was hit with another injury this week when losing Brandon Ingram to a hamstring strain. New Orleans has failed to cover the number in five of its last six overall and when playing against San Antonio the Pelicans have failed to cover each of their last seven. The Spurs will have added incentive in this matchup as San Antonio is only 1 ½ games behind 10th place New Orleans in the Western Conference standings. Final Score Prediction, San Antonio Spurs win and cover ATS 111-106. 

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