Friday, April 7, 2017
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The New Orleans Pelicans head to Pepsi Center to take on the Denver Nuggets on Friday, April 7, 2017. The opening line for this game has Denver as 6.5 point favorites.
The Pelicans come into this game with an overall record of 33-45. They are 4th in the Southwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.6 as they are averaging 104.5 points per game while giving up 106.1 per contest. The Nuggets have an overall record of 37-41. They currently are 4th in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 111.7 points per game and surrendering 111.7, good for a point differential of 0.0.
Valuable New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
The New Orleans Pelicans are 37-39-2 against the spread
The New Orleans Pelicans are 36-42-0 against the over/under
Important Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Denver Nuggets are 43-34-1 against the spread
The Denver Nuggets are 50-27-1 against the over/under
Key New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
10/22/16 F Quincy Pondexter Knee out for season
03/17/17 C Omer Asik Illness out for season
Key Denver Nuggets Injuries
04/05/17 F Will Barton Foot "?" Friday vs New Orleans
03/04/17 G Mo Williams Knee out for season
Demarcus Cousins comes into this game averaging 27 points per contest while playing 34.2 minutes per night so far this year for the Pelicans. He pulls down 11.1 rebounds per contest and dishes out 4.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 77%. Anthony Davis averages 28 points per game in 36.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.1 assists per contest and 11.9 rebounds per game for New Orleans. His field goal percentage is 51% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Gary Harris averages 15 points per game while playing 31 minutes per contest this year for the Nuggets. He grabs 3.1 rebounds per game and has 2.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage currently is at 78%. Nikola Jokic averages 16.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 27.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 9.8 rebounds per contest and 4.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 58% and his free throw percentage is 82%.
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Useful Team Statistics
New Orleans averages 104.5 points per contest this season which ranks them 18th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.6 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 22nd. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 18th in the league. They average 44 rebounds per game and 22.8 assists per game which ranks them 10th and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 26th with 12.9 per game. The Pelicans allow 106.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 17th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 6th and 9th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 48.2 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 23.2 assists per contest which puts them in 19th place in the league. They force 13.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 13th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Denver averages 111.7 points per game this year which ranks them 3rd in the league. Their average scoring margin is 0.04 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them sitting in the 7th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 11th in the NBA. They average 46.3 rebounds per game and 25.3 assists per contest which ranks them 2nd and 2nd respectively. In the turnover department the Nuggets rank 8th with 14.8 per game. The Nuggets allow 111.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 27th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 29th and 29th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 40.6 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 24.2 assists per contest which puts them in 27th place in the league. The Nuggets force 12 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the NBA.
The Pelicans have an offensive rating of 105.4 and a defensive rating of 107. In terms of pace they average 97.9 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 31% of their shots. New Orleans turns the ball over an average of 11.8 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%.
The Nuggets rating on offense is 113.3 and they have a defensive rating of 113.3. They get 98.2 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 53%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they attempt 3 pointers on 33% of their shot attempts. Denver turns the ball over on 13.1 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 10.9 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 54%.
Who will win tonight's Pelicans/Nuggets NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New Orleans +6.5
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