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NBA Betting Picks and Predictions: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets
November 17, 2023
The Denver Nuggets will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to face the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center with the game scheduled to start at 8:00 PM ET on Friday night and will air on Bally Sports New Orleans.
The reigning NBA Champion, Denver Nuggets, have carried the momentum from last season into this year as they enter this game with the best record in the Western Conference and are tied with the Boston Celtics for the best record in the NBA with a record of 9-2. Nikola Jokic is arguably the best player in the NBA and has played a pivotal role in the success that the Nuggets have had this season as he leads the team in scoring, rebounds, and assists with 30 points, 13.9 rebounds, and 8.4 assists per game while his 13.9 rebounds per game is the best average in the NBA this year. The Nuggets have been an above-average scoring team as they are averaging 114.45 points per game while allowing the 5
fewest points per game in the league with an average of 106.27 points per game. Denver is 5-2 in November and is coming off a close win at home against the Los Angeles Clippers by a score of 111-108 on Tuesday.
New Orleans started the season with a record of 4-1, however, since they won at home against the Detroit Pistons, they have lost five of their last six games but finally ended their five-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 131-110 win at home against the Dallas Mavericks. Their defense during the five-game losing streak can be attributed to their poor play defensively as they were allowing an average of 123.8 points per game which has skyrocketed their season average to 115.64 points per game which is the 11
most in the NBA and things won’t be any easier on Friday night when they host an above-average scoring team, the Denver Nuggets, who are averaging the 11
most points per game in the NBA.
BookMaker has the Denver Nuggets listed as 4-point favorites on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night. Denver has won seven of the last ten and two of the last three meetings. Both teams are 5-5 ATS in the last ten while the Nuggets are 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Denver Nuggets are 5-6 ATS overall, 1-3 ATS on the road, and 5-6 ATS as a favorite this season while the New Orleans Pelicans are 5-5-1 ATS overall, 3-3 ATS at home, and 3-3-1 ATS as an underdog on the year.
Denver is tied for the best record in the NBA while New Orleans has lost five of their last six games and has struggled against the Nuggets in the series, losing seven of the last ten and two of the last three meetings. The Nuggets are 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series which is why I am laying the points with the Denver Nuggets when they travel to face the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.
Spooky Express Pick: Denver Nuggets -4
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