Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Smoothie King Center
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The Denver Nuggets travel to Smoothie King Center to play the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The opening line for this game has New Orleans as 4 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 209.
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The Nuggets had an overall record of 33-49 and a road record of 15-26 last season. They were 4th in the Northwest Division. They had a point differential of -3.1 as they averaged 101.9 points per game while giving up 105 per contest. Denver was 4-12 against division opponents and they had a conference record of 18-34. They were 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Pelicans had an overall record of 30-52 and a home record of 21-20 last year. They were 5th in the Southwest Division. They averaged 102.7 points per game and surrendered 106.5, good for a point differential of -3.8. New Orleans had a division record of 4-12 and a conference record of 20-32. In their last 10 games they were 4-6.
Nikola Jokic averaged 10 points per game while playing 21.7 minutes per night last season for the Nuggets. He pulled down 7 rebounds per game and dished out 2.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 51% while his free throw percentage finished at 81%. Danilo Gallinari averaged 19.5 points per game in 34.7 minutes per contest last season. He averaged 2.5 assists per contest and 5.3 rebounds per game for Denver. His field goal percentage was 41% for the year while his free throw percentage was 87%.
Anthony Davis averaged 24.3 points per game while playing 35.5 minutes per contest last year for the Pelicans. He grabbed 10.3 rebounds per game and had 1.9 assists per contest for the year. His field goal percentage was 49% and his free throw percentage finished at 76%. E'Twaun Moore averaged 7.5 points per game last season and he saw the court an average of 21.4 minutes per contest. He also averaged 2.3 rebounds per contest and 1.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 48% and his free throw percentage was 63%.
Denver averaged 101.9 points per contest last season which ranked them 16th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin was -3.1 and their shooting percentage was 44% as a team which had them ranked 21st. Behind the arc they shot 34% which was good for 27th in the league. They averaged 53.4 rebounds per game and 22.7 assists per game which ranked them 8th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 18th with 14.7 per game. The Nuggets allowed 105 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 22nd in the league. They also allowed a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 21st and 27th in those defensive categories. Opponents averaged 51 rebounds a game which ranked 10th and they gave up 23.5 assists per contest which put them in 25th place in the league. They forced 13.7 turnovers per game which ranked them 20th in the league.
New Orleans averaged 102.7 points per game last year which ranked them 11th in the league. Their average scoring margin was -3.8 and their shooting percentage was 45% as a team which had them sitting in the 17th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shot 36% which was good for 7th in the NBA. They averaged 50.4 rebounds per game and 22.2 assists per contest which ranked them 22nd and 16th respectively. In the turnover department the Pelicans ranked 10th with 13.4 per game. The Pelicans allowed 106.5 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 25th in the league. They also allowed a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 27th and 25th in those defensive statistics. Opponents averaged 51.9 rebounds a game which ranked 13th and they gave up 23.2 assists per contest which put them in 22nd place in the league. The Pelicans forced 13.7 turnovers per game which ranked them 19th in the NBA.
The Nuggets averaged 100.1 points per game on the road last season and they scored 95 ppg in their past 3 contests. They had an average scoring differential of -3.9 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference was -6.7 per contest. The Nuggets had an offensive rating of 105.6 and a defensive rating of 108.9 last season. In terms of pace they averaged 95.7 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage was 49%. As a team they had a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shot 3 pointers on 28% of their shots. Denver turned the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions and they forced 12.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 52%.
The Pelicans scored 105.9 ppg at home and they averaged 108.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They had an average scoring differential of -20.3 in their past 3 contests and at home last season they had a difference of -0.7 points per game. The Pelicans rating on offense was 105.6 and they had a defensive rating of 109.5. They got 96.8 possessions per 48 minutes and they had an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they had a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempted 3 pointers on 28% of their shot attempts. New Orleans turned the ball over on 12.3 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents averaged 12.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year was 52%.
Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Denver Nuggets were 42-37-3 against the spread last year
The Denver Nuggets were 46-34-2 against the over/under last year
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
The New Orleans Pelicans were 36-45-1 against the spread last year
The New Orleans Pelicans were 43-37-2 against the over/under last year
Denver Nuggets Injuries
10/22/16 F Darrell Arthur Knee "?" Wednesday vs. New Orleans
10/22/16 PG Emmanuel Mudiay Ankle "?" Wednesday vs. New Orleans
10/22/16 G Gary Harris Groin "?" Wednesday vs. New Orleans
New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
10/22/16 F Anthony Davis Ankle probable Wednesday vs. Denver
10/22/16 PG Jrue Holiday Personal out indefinitely
10/22/16 F Quincy Pondexter Knee out indefinitely
10/22/16 G Tyreke Evans Knee out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Denver
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