2017-2018 NBA Previews – Pelicans Odds
Looking for 2017 New Orleans Pelicans Predictions? We’ve got your back. The New Orleans Pelicans had another disappointing season last year, and after trading for DeMarcus Cousins at the All Star Break it wasn’t enough and they missed out on the playoffs.
New Orleans Pelicans Season Preview
Head Coach: Alvin Gentry
2017-17 Record: 34-48
Pelicans Odds to NBA Title: +15000
Pelicans Odds to Win Conference: +5000
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But this year they had a full off season and they hope that their will be more chemistry this year.
If the Pelicans miss out on the playoffs this year their could be some real big changes after this season. But right now they are just focusing on making the playoffs.
New Orleans Pelicans Strengths:
For the New Orleans Pelicans the strengths of the team start with the big men inside. Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are two of the best big men in the NBA, and lucky for the Pelicans fans they are on the same team.
Anthony Davis is one of the best two way players in all the NBA. Last year he played in 75 games and averaged 28 points and 11.8 rebounds.
He is also a force on defense shutting down opposing centers and have no issue swatting balls into the 5th row.
Cousins isn’t much of a defender, but he makes up for it on the offensive side of the field. The reports are saying he is also in much better shape this year, which would be huge if he could even kind of play defense.
These two have also had an off season to gel with each other and that should really help them play together on the floor.
They really need to make sure they play like a unit on both sides of the floor and not just like two individuals.
Another big key is Jrue Holiday also will be with the team the full season, and with him being the leader of the offense that is going to be key to have better chemistry.
New Orleans Pelicans Weaknesses:
For as high of hopes as the Pelicans have for this season they have a lot of weaknesses coming into the season. One of the biggest concerns for this team is durability.
Davis and Holiday always seemed to be hurt, and they can’t afford to lose either of those guys for a long period of time if they want to have success this year.
Another big weakness for this team is the construction of the team. When you have two really big guys inside you want to surround them with a lot of shooters that they can kick out too.
The Pelicans didn’t surround themselves with many three point shooters and that is going to be a real challenge for this team.
They brought in Rajon Rondo this off season too, and he is known to have strong opinions and so does Cousins. It would be quite an accomplishment if those two don’t butt heads and take it public this season.
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Prediction: 27-55
Vegas has set the over/under at 39.5 for this team and I think with a full off season for bonding I think they will be able to cover the over on that number.
I think that they will go big a lot and that will cause a lot of issues for opposing teams. I think this team will be able to sneak into the playoffs, but it will be as the eighth seed.
They will be bounced in the first round and then they will be back at square one starting over again next year.
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