Two Western Conference teams with almost identical record and both sitting within the playoff spots are clashing tonight, when the Denver Nuggets (15-13), are hosting the New Orleans Pelicans (15-14), with both teams unable to find a rhythm the past week by never winning or losing a second straight game in that span.
Date/Time: 12-15-2017, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Denver Nuggets +1
Nuggets have a 15-13 record (11-16-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the West. They have lost four of their last six matches and in their last game they lost on the road against Boston with a 124-118 score. They are led in scoring by Gary Harris with 15.9 ppg, followed by Will Barton with 15.6 ppg and 5.3 rebounds. Nikola Jokic adds 15.5 ppg and a team high 10.6 rebounds per game and he is expected to return to the lineup tonight.
Pelicans have a 15-14 record (16-12-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 7th place of the West. They are 4-6 in their last 10 and in their last game they won at home against Minnesota with a 115-108 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMarcus Cousins with 26.1 ppg, adding 5.1 assists and a team high 12.5 rebounds per game. He is followed by Anthony Davis with 25.1 ppg and 10.6 rebounds.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season, each team managed to win at home (Nuggets by 32 points and Pelicans by 9). Nuggets are 10-2 at home so far this season, while Pelicans are 7-7 on the road. Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 110.8 ppg to Nuggets’ 107.5, while Nuggets are better defensively, allowing 107.4 ppg to Pelicans’ second-worse of 111.5. Pelicans have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with a second-best of 49% to Nuggets’ 46.2% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 38% to Nuggets’ 36.7%. Nuggets are better in rebounding, grabbing 45 to Pelicans’ 43.1 and in turnovers committed (15.8 to 16.3), while Pelicans are better in assists made, with a second-best of 26.7 to Nuggets’ 23.2. Nuggers are very strong at home and they will be having their starting Center back in the lineup. Vegas odds give Pelicans a -1 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds tonight.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets Prediction: Denver Nuggets +1 (-110)