Thursday, March 3, 2016
Smoothie King Center
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The San Antonio Spurs travel to Smoothie King Center to play the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, March 3, 2016. The opening line for this game has San Antonio as 7 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 206.
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The Spurs come into this game with an overall record of 50-9 and a road record of 22-9. They are 1st in the Southwest Division. They currently have a point differential of 12.6 as they are averaging 105 points per game while giving up 92.5 per contest. San Antonio is 9-2 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 30-5. They are 9-1 in their last 10 games. The Pelicans have an overall record of 23-35 and a home record of 16-13. They currently are 5th in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 102.9 points per game and surrendering 105.7, good for a point differential of -2.8. New Orleans has a division record of 4-8 and a conference record of 15-23. In their last 10 games they are 5-5.
Kawhi Leonard comes into this contest averaging 20.5 points per game while playing 32.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Spurs. He pulls down 6.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage is currently at 88%. Lamarcus Aldridge averages 16.9 points per game in 29.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 8.4 rebounds per game for San Antonio. His field goal percentage is 50% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%.
Anthony Davis averages 24.1 points per game while playing 35.7 minutes per contest this year for the Pelicans. He grabs 10.2 rebounds per game and has 1.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage currently is at 75%. Ryan Anderson averages 17.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.9 rebounds per contest and 1.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 87%.
San Antonio averages 105 points per contest this season which ranks them 6th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 12.6 and their shooting percentage is 49% as a team which has them ranked 1st. Behind the arc they shoot 40% which is good for 2nd in the league. They average 50.9 rebounds per game and 25 assists per game which ranks them 21st and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 8th with 13.4 per game. The Spurs allow 92.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 1st in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc ranking them 1st and 1st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 47 rebounds a game which ranks 1st and they give up 20.9 assists per contest which puts them in 6th place in the league. They force 14.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in the league.
New Orleans averages 102.9 points per game this year which ranks them 11th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.8 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 16th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 12th in the NBA. They average 50.4 rebounds per game and 21.8 assists per contest which ranks them 22nd and 17th respectively. In the turnover department the Pelicans rank 3rd with 13.1 per game. The Pelicans allow 105.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 25th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 24th and 28th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.3 rebounds a game which ranks 16th and they give up 22.5 assists per contest which puts them in 20th place in the league. The Pelicans force 13.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 22nd in the NBA.
The Spurs average 103.7 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 102.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 9.4 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 14.7 per contest. The Spurs have an offensive rating of 111.2 and a defensive rating of 97.9. In terms of pace they average 94.4 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 54%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they shoot 3 pointers on 22% of their shots. San Antonio turns the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions and they force 14 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 47%.
The Pelicans score 107.3 ppg at home and they have averaged 107.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -6 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 1.1 points per game. The Pelicans rating on offense is 106.1 and they have a defensive rating of 109. They get 96.4 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 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%.
San Antonio Spurs Betting Trends
The San Antonio Spurs are 36-22-1 against the spread
The San Antonio Spurs are 27-31-1 against the over/under
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
The New Orleans Pelicans are 24-34-0 against the spread
The New Orleans Pelicans are 29-27-2 against the over/under
San Antonio Spurs Injuries
03/01/16 C Matt Bonner Calf is upgraded to probable Wednesday vs. Detroit
03/01/16 PG Andre Miller Acquired probable Wednesday vs. Detroit
02/04/16 G Manu Ginobili Groin expected to miss 4-6 weeks
New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
03/01/16 F Anthony Davis Knee probable Wednesday vs. Houston
02/25/16 G Bryce Dejean-Jones Wrist out for season
02/23/16 C Omer Asik Ankle out indefinitely
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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