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2022 NBA Handicapping
(21-35) San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans (22-33)
Date: Saturday, February 12th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center
NBA Moneyline Odds: Spurs172 | Pelicans -182 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 224.5
Saturday, February 12th finds the San Antonio Spurs facing the New Orleans Pelicans for the second of four times this season. San Antonio won the initial match 112-98 on December 12th.
The next two games will occur on March 18th in San Antonio and on March 26th in New Orleans.
San Antonio is playing a back-to-back set having won 136-121 versus the Hawks on Friday while the Pelicans lost 97-112 to the Heat on Thursday.
Last season, the squads played three times with the Spurs winning two of three contests. The Spurs hold the all-time record having bested the Pelicans in 51 of their 70 matches.
San Antonio Spurs
In a shocking move, the Spurs were one of the most active teams at the trade deadline. To put into perspective how unusual their participation was consider that since 2012-13 the Spurs had made only two moves prior to this deadline.
So in one season, they made as many trades as they did in the past decade! The Spurs appear to be positioning themselves with more draft picks and moved out assets they didn’t envision as part of the future core.
Coming to the Spurs are Tomas Satoranksy, Richardson, Romeo Langford, and Goran Dragic. But the real value for the Spurs was the draft picks they acquired via these trades.
They added three picks (two firsts and one second) and a pick swap option including the Raptors 2022 first-round pick (top 4 protected), Utah’s 2027 second-round pick, and from Boston a 2022 first-round pick (top 4 protected), as well as a 2028 first-round pick swap.
For a team like the Spurs adding just one pick in the first round given their ability to find talent could dramatically impact their roster.
Goran Dragic (acquired), Josh Richardson (acquired), Tomas Satoransky (acquired), and Keita Bates Diop (facial) are all listed as questionable for Saturday. Romeo Langford (acquired) was downgraded to out Saturday.
New Orleans Pelicans
In his debut for the Pelicans CJ McCollum offered a bit of everything registering 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and a steal. Although it’s only one game there were lessons learned.
For example, I’m not sure the plan is for him to take 21 shots if it means Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas are only going to take 15 and eight. Ingram and JV have been the heart of the offense so as McCollum fits into the system and scheme look for a more balanced scoring attack.
Willy Hernangomez (quarantine) was upgraded to probable versus San Antonio on Saturday. Larry Nance Jr. (knee) is out indefinitely. Kira Lewis Jr. (ACL) is lost for the season while Zion Williamson (foot) remains away from the team rehabbing his foot with no definitive return date.
NBA Betting Trends:
- New Orleans is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
- San Antonio is 6-13 SU in their last 19 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New Orleans’ last 8 games.
- San Antonio is 3-8 SU in their last 11 games on the road.
Free San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
Some great matchups in this contest as first-time All-Star, Murray who is averaging close to a triple-double (19.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 9.3 assists) lines up against McCollum.
Jonas Valanciunas is averaging a double-double (18 points, 11.6 rebounds) so watch for the battle between JV and Jakob Poeltl.
The Pelicans have the rest advantage but the Spurs battle to the buzzer which should allow them to keep the score close.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Spurs +4.5
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