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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans vs. San Antonio Spurs

December 1, 2023

The San Antonio Spurs will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to face the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Friday night with the game scheduled to start at 8:00 PM ET and will air on Bally Sports New Orleans and Bally Sports Southwest.

The Spurs enter this game with the worst record in the Western Conference and tied for the 2nd worst record in the NBA with a record of 3-15 following a 135-137 loss at home against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday evening. 

The Spurs are averaging the 6th fewest points per game in the NBA with an average of 110.47 points per game while allowing the 3rd most points per game in the league with an average of 123.35 points per game. However, rookie phenom, Victor Wembanyama, is having a great rookie season as he leads the team in scoring and rebounds with an average of 19.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. San Antonio will be looking to end their 13-game losing streak when they travel to face the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night. 

New Orleans has been a .500 team for the majority of the season as they enter this game in 8th place in the Western Conference with a record of 10-9 and ended their two-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 124-114 win at home against the Philadelphia 76ers. After a poor season last season, Zion Williamson has bounced back this year and is tied with Brandon Ingram for the team lead in scoring with an average of 24 points per game. 

The Pelicans have been a slightly below-average scoring team this season as they enter this game averaging 113.42 points per game which is below the league average of 114.01 points per game while being a slightly above-average defensive team as they are allowing an average of 113 points per game. The New Orleans Pelicans will look to build off their momentum following the win against the Philadelphia 76ers when they host the San Antonio Spurs. 

BookMaker has the New Orleans Pelicans listed as 11.5-point favorites at home against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. New Orleans has won six of the last ten including the previous five meetings while going 6-4 ATS in the last ten and have covered the spread in five straight games in the series. The San Antonio Spurs are 7-11 ATS overall, 3-5 ATS on the road, and 6-11 ATS as an underdog this season while the New Orleans Pelicans are 11-7-1 ATS overall, 8-3 ATS at home, and 3-4 ATS as a favorite on the year.

The San Antonio Spurs have been one of the worst teams in the NBA and have struggled in the series against the New Orleans Pelicans having lost the previous five meetings. The Pelicans have also been the better team at covering the spread in the series as they have covered the spread in the previous five matchups in a row and are 6-4 ATS in the last ten while also being the better team at covering the spread this season with a record of 11-7-1 ATS overall and 8-3 ATS at home while the Spurs are 7-11 ATS overall and 3-5 ATS on the road. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and laying the points with the New Orleans Pelicans when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. 

Spooky Express Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -11