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2021 NBA Handicapping
(21-33) Washington Wizards vs. New Orleans Pelicans (25-30)
Date: Friday, April 16th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Wizards +125 | Pelicans -145
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -2.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 240
The Washington Wizards (21-33) will continue their roundtrip and head to Louisiana to take on the New Orleans Pelicans (25-30). Washington has played well recently, winning four of their last five matches. New Orleans was on a three game winning streak but were defeated Wednesday at home.
This will be the second and final meeting between these sides. The Pelicans beat the Wizards 124-106 in the previous matchup on January 27th as Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson each scored a team-high 32 points. Bradley Beal scored 47 points, but no other Wizards player scored more than 15 points as Russell Westbrook sat out due to rest.
Washington has not had a great season, sitting at just 21-33 (12th in the East). Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook continue to post impressive statlines but it has not resulted in many wins for the Wizards.
The Wizards enter on a high note after beating the Utah Jazz 125-121 in their last outing. In the process, the Washington Wizards snapped the Jazz’s impressive 24-game win streak at home.
Russell Westbrook notched up his ninth triple-double in ten games, scoring 24 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists, while Bradley Beal scored a team-high 34 points on the night.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans have been one of the best teams in the last week, thanks to only their second winning streak of three or more games this season. They beat the Philadelphia 76ers to begin this streak and hadn’t looked back since until Wednesday.
The Pelicans had won three of their last four games, but they lost their most recent game 116-106 to the Knicks at home. New Orleans was down just 1 at halftime and 4 after three quarters but were stifled in the 4th quarter, managing to only score 17 points. Zion and Brandon Ingram led the way once again in a tandem effort with 25 and 28 points respectively.
The Pelicans haven’t been able to make teams pay as they are shooting just 24.2% on threes over the last five games. The Pelicans will need Ball to return quickly and step in and make shots as he continues to deal with a hip injury.
The New Orleans Pelicans are now just one game behind the play-in tournament spot.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pelicans are 6-5 SU in last 11 games
- Pelicans are 10-8 ATS in last 18 games
- Pelicans UNDERS are 7-5 in last 12 games
- Washington is 8-15 SU in last 23 games
- Washington is 7-4 ATS in last 11 games
- Washington UNDERS are 7-5 in last 12 games
Free Washington Wizards vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
This has the makings to be a great game as both teams are on winning streaks and have positioned themselves for a spot in the play-in games with just over a month remaining in the season.
The Pelicans have been without Lonzo Ball as he deals with a hip pointer but it hasn’t mattered as Zion Williamson has been on a dominant tear as of late. The 20 year old former #1 pick averaged 35 points over the teams 3 game winning streak.
Westbrook and Beal continue to be offensive juggernauts for the Wizards but haven’t had a supporting cast in place to help translate the stats to wins. They looked good two nights ago though and will look to continue that success from Wednesday night, with a win inching them closer to a potential playoff spot.
This will be a high scoring affair but I like the Pelicans to bounce back here at home.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans -2.5
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