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(30-42) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets (35-37)
Date: Sunday March 26
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: -110
NBA Betting Odds: -6 Nuggets
NBA Betting Total: 228
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The New Orleans Pelicans and Denver Nuggets will square off for the second time this season, the first matchup of the season was won by the Nuggets in the first game of the season.
The two teams will play three more times over the next week and a half, important games as both teams are vying for a playoff spot.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans are fresh off a loss against the Houston Rockets on Friday, but have won three of their last five, including two wins against current playoff teams.
The Pelicans are five games out of the eight seed in the Western Conference and are chasing the Nuggets. A win on Sunday could go a long way to closing the gap between these two teams.
The Pelicans have been balling lately, a team that averaged just over 103 points per game early in the season, has been average 113 over their last five. As has been discussed in other Pelicans features, they are now beginning to develop some continuity with new addition DeMarcus Cousins.
The team has slipped defensively when compared with their season averages, but still have a positive net rating over the past five games of around eight points.
During this surge, the Pelicans have been a much better shooting team as well, improving their total and three point field goal percentage by significant amounts.
Part of their offensive surge could certainly be attributed to their recent opponents however. Two of their last five games have come against the Rockets, an up and down team that increases the pace of the game which lends itself to scoring points in bunches.
The same could also be said about recent opponent, the Minnesota Timberwolves, another up and down team that is also young and raw defensively.
Lucky for the Pelicans, the Nuggets come in a similar mold. They are second to last in the league in defensive rating and have young players all over the court.
The Nuggets have been resurgent as well, and like the Pelicans, part of the reason is the result of a trade.
The Nuggets had a classic big man logjam early in the year, trying to play and keep happy three talented big men; Kenneth Faried, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic.
They traded Nurkic before the All Star game and have seen improvements in their team ever since. The Nuggets have handed the keys to the car over to Nokic and the young player has blossomed with increased playing time.
Jokic has increased the consistency of his playing time, increased his averages across the board and the Nuggets have began running the offense through him out of the post.
He’s a talented passer and can shoot from range, putting a strain on defending big men around the league.
The Nuggets, like the Pelicans, have also been scoring at much higher rates over the past games.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Denver is 45-23 against the O/U when higher than 200 points
- Combined over the past five games, these teams are scoring over 233 points on average
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction:
They have increased their scoring by more than 10 points and have a positive net rating of more than six points.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Over 228
This game will be back and forth with little effort to play defense, expect Denver to win but both teams to score lots of points.
NBA Free Score Prediction: New Orleans 115 – Denver 121
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