Spurs on the road to face the Pelicans
The San Antonio Spurs are 8-2 SU but just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against the New Orleans Pelicans as those teams meet on the hardwood in NBA betting action on Monday night.
San Antonio, though, picked up a SU and ATS victory over New Orleans when they last met on November 25, winning 112-93 as a 9.5-point home favorite in that matchup. The OVER has paid out in four of the last six contests between the two teams.
The Spurs will try to spoil the party on Monday; they are 20-17 ATS against the number this season, while the Pelicans are 14-20-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). San Antonio is 23-14 on the totals; New Orleans is 20-16.
Those backing the visitors in this one found the Spurs listed as -6.5-point favorites earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 198 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 9-rated Spurs taking on the No. 20-rated Pelicans in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 102-92 win for the Spurs on Monday.
In their last action, San Antonio was a 104-86 winner at home against the Timberwolves. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (190) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Spurs grabbed a 104-86 win over the Timberwolves on Sunday, behind a 17-point effort from Kawhi Leonard at AT&T Center.
New Orleans was a 110-107 loser in its last match on the road against the Mavericks. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 217 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Anthony Davis poured in 28 points and chipped in with 14 rebounds in a losing cause for New Orleans on Saturday, as the Mavericks rolled to a 110-107 victory over New Orleans at American Airlines Center.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 14-ranked offense (101.56 PPG) against a Spurs defense that ranks No. 3 at 96.43 PPG. The Pelicans have averaged 45.63% from the field per game, less than the Spurs have managed so far this season (49.08% on average).
San Antonio home to Utah, Wednesday, January 15th
New Orleans home to Houston, Wednesday, January 15th