Pelicans vs Nuggets Prediction NBA Picks Today 11/17

Pelicans vs Nuggets Prediction NBA Picks Today 11/17

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Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans - Game Preview

New Orleans, LA; Friday, 6:00 p.m. CST

Line: DEN -4.5 | Over/Under: 224.5

Introduction

The Denver Nuggets, leading the Western Conference, face the New Orleans Pelicans in a matchup that promises excitement. 

 

Team Analysis

Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets, boasting a 9-2 record and sitting atop the Western Conference, have been formidable led by the incredible Nikola Jokic. However, the absence of Jamal Murray is a notable factor that could impact their performance.

Player Spotlight: Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic has been the driving force for the Nuggets, averaging an impressive 30.0 points, 13.9 rebounds, and 8.4 assists per game. His dominance will be key for the Nuggets to maintain their winning momentum.

Injury Update

The Nuggets will miss Jamal Murray in this game, and his absence might create opportunities for the Pelicans to exploit.

Recent Form

Despite a recent loss to the Houston Rockets, the Nuggets have been in stellar form. However, the absence of Murray could create challenges against a competitive Pelicans team.

 

New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans, currently 10th in the Western Conference with a 5-6 record, have shown resilience in recent games. Facing a tough opponent, they aim to keep the game close and cover the +4.5 points spread.

Player Spotlight: Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram has been a consistent performer for the Pelicans, averaging 22.9 points per game. His scoring ability will be crucial for the Pelicans to compete against the Nuggets.

Injury Update

The Pelicans have Jose Alvarado listed as a game-time decision. However, the absence of Trey Murphy III and Larry Nance Jr. will be felt, and the team needs to compensate for their missing contributions.

Recent Results

The Pelicans secured a convincing victory against the Dallas Mavericks, showcasing their potential to compete against strong opponents. Their performance in the previous encounter with the Nuggets also provides optimism.

 

Prediction

While the Nuggets are favored, the absence of Jamal Murray levels the playing field. The Pelicans have shown resilience and the ability to keep games close. Expect Brandon Ingram and the Pelicans to capitalize on the Nuggets' vulnerability without Murray.

Pick: New Orleans Pelicans +4.5

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