Thursday, March 31, 2016
Smoothie King Center
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The Denver Nuggets travel to Smoothie King Center to play the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, March 31, 2016. The opening line for this game has Denver as 7 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 207.
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The Nuggets come into this game with an overall record of 31-44 and a road record of 14-24. They are 4th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -2.7 as they are averaging 102.1 points per game while giving up 104.8 per contest. Denver is 4-9 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 16-29. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Pelicans have an overall record of 27-46 and a home record of 19-18. They currently are 5th in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 102.7 points per game and surrendering 106.2, good for a point differential of -3.5. New Orleans has a division record of 4-11 and a conference record of 18-29. In their last 10 games they are 3-7.
Kenneth Faried comes into this contest averaging 12.8 points per game while playing 25.6 minutes per night so far this season for the Nuggets. He pulls down 8.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 57% while his free throw percentage is currently at 60%. Gary Harris averages 12.2 points per game in 32.2 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.8 assists per contest and 2.9 rebounds per game for Denver. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Jrue Holiday averages 16.8 points per game while playing 28.2 minutes per contest this year for the Pelicans. He grabs 3 rebounds per game and has 6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 84%. Ryan Anderson averages 17 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 6 rebounds per contest and 1.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 87%.
Denver averages 102.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 18th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -2.7 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 22nd. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 24th in the league. They average 53.6 rebounds per game and 22.5 assists per game which ranks them 6th and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 19th with 14.8 per game. The Nuggets allow 104.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 22nd in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 22nd and 28th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 50.5 rebounds a game which ranks 10th and they give up 23.5 assists per contest which puts them in 25th place in the league. They force 13.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 20th in the league.
New Orleans averages 102.7 points per game this year which ranks them 15th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -3.5 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 20th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 13th in the NBA. They average 50.5 rebounds per game and 21.7 assists per contest which ranks them 22nd and 18th respectively. In the turnover department the Pelicans rank 5th with 13.2 per game. The Pelicans allow 106.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 25th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 26th and 23rd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.4 rebounds a game which ranks 18th and they give up 22.7 assists per contest which puts them in 21st place in the league. The Pelicans force 13.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 19th in the NBA.
The Nuggets average 100.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 98 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -3.9 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -4.3 per contest. The Nuggets have an offensive rating of 105.8 and a defensive rating of 108.6. In terms of pace they average 95.7 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 27% of their shots. Denver turns the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Pelicans score 105.8 ppg at home and they have averaged 91.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -8 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -0.4 points per game. The Pelicans rating on offense is 105.3 and they have a defensive rating of 108.9. They get 97 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 28% of their shot attempts. New Orleans turns the ball over on 12.1 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Denver Nuggets are 39-33-3 against the spread
The Denver Nuggets are 42-31-2 against the over/under
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
The New Orleans Pelicans are 31-42-0 against the spread
The New Orleans Pelicans are 39-32-2 against the over/under
Denver Nuggets Injuries
11/12/15 F Wilson Chandler Hip out for season
03/29/16 C Jusuf Nurkic Illness "?" Wednesday vs. Memphis
02/28/16 F Danilo Gallinari Ankle out indefinitely
New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
03/29/16 F Alonzo Gee Quad out for season
03/29/16 PG Jrue Holiday Eye out for season
03/29/16 PG Norris Cole Back is upgraded to "?" Wednesday vs. San Antonio
03/25/16 F Ryan Anderson Groin out indefinitely
03/20/16 F Anthony Davis Knee out for season
03/10/16 G Eric Gordon Finger out for season
02/25/16 G Bryce Dejean-Jones Wrist out for season
02/12/16 G Tyreke Evans Knee out for season
01/11/16 F Quincy Pondexter Knee out for season
Guy's Pick: Take New Orleans
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