Pelicans at Nuggets 11/17/17 - NBA Picks & Predictions
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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets
NBA: 10:30 PM EST
Nov. 17, 2017
Latest Odds : DEN -4 Total 216
The New Orleans Pelicans are 8-7 and the Denver Nugget are 8-6 and the teams meet in Denver Friday. Both teams have been playing well lately. Denver just has a three-game win streak snapped, but the Nuggets are 5-2 over the last seven games. The Pelicans also lost their last game, and they are also 5-2 over the last seven games.
DeMarcus Cousins has been lighting the scoreboard up for New Orleans. Through 15 games he is only the third player in NBA history to have scored 400 points and had 200 rebounds. Cousins is averaging 28 points and 11.7 rebounds. He is shooting 35 percent from behind the arc, and if that continues that would be the best in NBA history for a player 6-11 or taller.
Anthony Davis is averaging 25.6 points and 8.7 rebounds. New Orleans is averaging 108 points per game, but their problem has been defense, where they are giving up 108.2 points per game. The Pelicans average 16 turnovers per game, against eight steals
Denver has been a bit of a surprise team this year, and a lot of that is due to Nikola Jokic, who is leading the team in scoring, 16.4 points per game, 11.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists. Paul Milsap is averaging 15.7 points and the Nuggets have six players averaging in double figures. Jamal Murray had a career-high 32 points two games ago. Jokic had 41 in a game last week.
Denver is averaging 105.8 points per game and giving up 104.8 points. The Nuggets are hitting 50-percent of thei9r two-point shots and 36 percent from behind the arc.
Recent Betting Trends:
Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southwest.
Under is 12-5 in Pelicans last 17 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Under is 8-3 in Nuggets last 11 home games.
Free Betting Pick: New Orleans Pelicans +4
This Pelicans team has been great on the road, New Orleans is 5-3 straight up and 6-2 ATS on the road this season. Nuggets on the other side are just .500 at home ATS 4-4, just can't lay points in what looks like very close game. Final Score Prediction, Denver Nuggets win but fall short ATS 104-102.