San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 8/9/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Sunday, August 9, 2020
Location: HP Field House in Orlando, Florida
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans -3.5
HP Field House is the venue where Jrue Holiday and the New Orleans Pelicans (30-39, 5th in the Southwest Division) will play the San Antonio Spurs (30-38, 4th in the Southwest Division) on Sunday. The spread on this game has New Orleans as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 238.
The Spurs cover 42.4% of the time, having gone 28-38-1 ATS. New Orleans is covering the spread 51.5% of the time, going 34-32-2 against the spread.
Key San Antonio Spurs Injuries
08/07/20 SG Bryn Forbes Quad is questionable Sunday vs New Orleans
07/31/20 PF Trey Lyles Appendix is out indefinitely
06/14/20 C LaMarcus Aldridge Shoulder is out for season
Key New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
No key injuries to report
Dejounte Murray averages 10.8 points per game in 25.1 minutes per contest. He averages 4.0 assists per contest and 5.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 79%. DeMar DeRozan comes into this contest averaging 22.2 points per game while playing 34.2 minutes per night. He pulls down 5.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 53% while his free throw percentage is at 84%.
Brandon Ingram averages 24.1 points per game and he sees the court an average of 34.0 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.2 rebounds per contest and 4.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 85%. Jrue Holiday averages 19.2 points per game while playing 34.7 minutes per contest. He grabs 4.9 rebounds per game and has 6.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 70%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Spurs allow 115.4 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 21st and 27th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.4 rebounds a game which ranks 17th, and they give up 25.8 assists per contest which puts them in 27th place in the league. They force 13.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 6th in the league. San Antonio averages 113.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.6 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 7th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 5th in the league. They average 44.3 rebounds per game and 24.6 assists per contest, which ranks them 17th and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 30th with 12.4 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Pelicans surrender 117.1 points per contest, which ranks them 27th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 18th and 18th in those defensive statistics. They rank 14th with 24.5 assists allowed per contest, and 15th with 45.0 rebounds surrendered per game. The Pelicans are 16th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.4 per game. New Orleans is 5th in the league with 115.8 points per game this year. They are 13th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -1.2. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 7th in the NBA. They are 5th in the league in rebounding with 46.8 boards per game and 2nd in assists per contest with 26.9. The Pelicans are 2nd in turnovers per game with 16.3.
The Spurs are 9th in the league in defensive rating with 113.9, and their offensive rating of 112.3 is ranked 26th. They are 15th in the NBA in pace with 100.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 17th. As a unit they are 12th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shot attempts, ranking 28th in the NBA. San Antonio is 30th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 6th in the NBA.
New Orleans is 4th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 14th in the league. The Pelicans are 17th in the NBA in offensive rating with 110.6, and their defensive rating of 111.7 is ranked 19th. In terms of pace they are 2nd in the league with 103.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 7th. As a team they are 14th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shots, ranking 9th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Spurs/Pelicans NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take San Antonio +3.5
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