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NBA odds preview - Cavaliers vs. Pelicans

Cleveland CavaliersNew Orleans Pelicans
4-8November 22, 2013, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena5-6



Cleveland pays a visit to New Orleans on Friday, hoping to send the Pelicans to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at New Orleans Arena.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Pelicans are 5-6 so far on the season, and 4-7 ATS vs. the number. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are 4-8 and 2-10 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New Orleans go 7-4 and the Cavaliers go 4-8 on the totals.

View Cleveland Cavaliers vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

Those backing the visitors in this one found the Cavaliers listed as 7.5-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 196 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 17-rated Pelicans and the No. 27-ranked Cavaliers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 93-84 result in favor of the Pelicans.

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Cleveland lost its last outing, a 98-91 result against the Wizards on November 20. The Cavaliers failed to cover in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 189 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Kyrie Irving went off for 28 points and added 0 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Washington defeated Cleveland, 98-91 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Last time out for New Orleans, they were a 105-98 winner as they battled the Jazz at home. The Pelicans failed to cover in the match as a 11-point favorite, while 203 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Anthony Davis scored 22 points leading the Pelicans to a 105-98 victory over Utah at New Orleans Arena on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New Orleans's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 101.09 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 17 at 99.42 PPG. The Pelicans field goal percentage has averaged 45.78% so far, more than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 41.11% per game.

A few Cavaliers at Pelicans trends to consider:
Cleveland is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games
Cleveland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Cleveland's last 16 games
Cleveland is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
New Orleans is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games
New Orleans is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home


Next up:
Cleveland at San Antonio, Saturday, November 23rd
New Orleans at San Antonio, Monday, November 25th

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