New Orleans Pelicans vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 22 (12/22): NBA

New Orleans Pelicans vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 22 (12/22): NBA

 

Odds

Time 8:00 p.m. EST
Spurs money line +265
Spurs spread +7.5 (-110)
Pelicans money line -330
Pelicans spread -7.5 (-110)
Over / under 226

 

2022-2023 season stats

  San Antonio Spurs New Orleans Pelicans
Record 10-20 18-12
Home / road record 5-8 12-4
Streak W1 L4
Points per game 109.00 117.00
Points allowed per game 120.33 111.67
Rebounds per game 42.00 44.00
Rebounds allowed per game 43.67 42.33
Over / under record 14-15-1 17-13
 

Preview

The San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans will meet again at the Smoothie King Center on Thursday night. These teams already faced each other twice times so far this season and the Pelicans have won both games easy.  

 

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs have won 4 of their last 6 games and are 5-8 on the road this season with a 10-20 record overall ranking 4th in the Southwest Division. San Antonio ranks seventh in the Western Conference scoring 52.4 points per game in the paint led by Jakob Poeltl averaging 10.9.

Keldon Johnson is averaging 21.1 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Spurs. Devin Vassell is averaging 2.5 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for San Antonio.

In their last 10 games the Spurs are 4-6, averaging 112.5 points, 43.5 rebounds, 26.1 assists, 6.4 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 47.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.7 points.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans get here with an 18-12 record and are 12-4 at home this season ranking 2nd in the Southwest Division. New Orleans is seventh in the Western Conference with 11.5 offensive rebounds per game led by Jonas Valanciunas averaging 2.7.

Valanciunas is averaging 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds for the Pelicans. Zion Williamson is averaging 22.2 points over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

In their last 10 games the Pelicans are 6-4, averaging 118.7 points, 45.0 rebounds, 26.7 assists, 8.8 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.1 points per game.

 

BETTING TRENDS

San Antonio are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against New Orleans.

San Antonio are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against New Orleans.

San Antonio are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games on the road.

San Antonio are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games when playing on the road against New Orleans.

New Orleans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans' last 6 games.

New Orleans are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 9 of New Orleans' last 11 games against San Antonio.

 

Prediction

The Pelicans have lost 4 games in a row but they were against good teams like the Bucks, Suns and Jazz. The Spurs have been playing better lately and scored 124 points in their last game vs Rockets. San Antonio has struggled on the road but they are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games when playing on the road against New Orleans and with Zion already been ruled out I Like the Spurs to cover the spread.

PICK: Spurs +7.5 (-110)

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