New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 1/31/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+9)
The New Orleans Pelicans are on their way to Ball Arena on Tuesday where they will go up against the Denver Nuggets. New Orleans opens this contest as 9-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The total is 228.
The Pelicans played the Bucks and ended up losing by a score of 135-110 in their last contest. New Orleans walked away from the game with a 44.1% field goal percentage (41 of 93) and made 13 of their 34 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Pelicans made 15 of 21 shots for a percentage of 71.4%. When discussing hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 38 with 8 of them being offensive. They also recorded 25 assists for this contest as well as forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and getting 7 steals. When talking about defending, New Orleans let their opponent shoot 55.2% from the floor on 53 out of 96 shooting. Milwaukee earned 27 assists and had 7 steals in the game. Moreover, Milwaukee collected 57 rebounds (12 offensive, 45 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Milwaukee walked away from this one shooting 60.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 12 of their 20 tries. They also buried 17 of their 43 attempts from downtown. When it comes to personal fouls, the Pelicans finished with 20 while the Bucks accounted for 18 personal fouls.
Jose Alvarado is a player who had an impact for this contest. He had 18 points on 4 of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 29 mins and pulled down 3 boards. Alvarado shot 33.3% from the floor and dished out 6 assists.
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New Orleans steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 26-25 this year. They turn it over 15.2 times per game and as a squad they commit 20.5 personal fouls every game. As a team, New Orleans is grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game and has 1,314 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 9th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Pelicans are hitting 35.7% on three-point attempts (562 of 1,574) and 77.8% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 115.0 pts per game (12th in the league) while going 47.6% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Pelicans are forcing 15.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.7 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 17th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,279 relinquished for the year. The Pelicans defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 47.4% (2,118 of 4,464) and they concede 42.2 rebounds per game as a group. They surrender 34.2% on 3-point attempts while they are 15th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (113.5).
For their last game, the Nuggets took a loss by a final score of 126-119 against the 76ers. The Nuggets collected 30 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards totaling 36 in this matchup. They turned the ball over 14 times, while getting 6 steals for the contest. The 76ers had 15 fouls in the game which took the Nuggets to the charity stripe for 20 attempts. They were able to convert 17 of them for a percentage of 85.0%. In reference to shooting from distance, Denver converted 14 of 34 tries (41.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Nuggets shot 44 out of 81 from the field which had them shooting 54.3%. The Nuggets allowed the 76ers to knock down 46 of 89 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.7% for the game. They went 51.4% from 3-point land via 18 of 35 and finished the contest at 16 of 24 at the free throw line (66.7%). In the matter of attacking the glass, Denver permitted Philadelphia to grab 39 overall (12 offensive).
Nikola Jokic pitched in for the Nuggets in this game. Jokic had 24 points in his 38 mins of playing time and had 9 dimes for the contest. He made 8 of 12 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 66.7%, and added 8 rebounds.
Denver has a mark of 34-16 for the campaign. The Nuggets commit 19.3 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 74.5% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 28.6 times per game (2nd in the league) and they are turning it over 15.0 times per game. Denver has scored 5,827 pts for the year (116.5 per game) and they pull down 42.8 boards per game. As an offense, the Nuggets are connecting on 50.8% from the floor, which is ranked 2nd in basketball.
The Denver defense gives up 35.0% from downtown (588 of 1,679) and their opponents are making 76.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 25.6 assists and 40.4 boards every game, which is 19th and 2nd in basketball. The Nuggets on defense are ranked 13th in the NBA in PPG given up with 112.7. They are forcing 13.9 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 47.9% from the floor (22nd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New Orleans (+9)
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