Wizards Pelicans Betting Preview

New Orleans Pelicans Washington Wizards
23-31 February 22, 2014, 07:00 | Verizon Center 26-28



Washington looks to cover the Wizards-Pelicans pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 26-28 mark when they host New Orleans in NBA action.

Supporters of the Pelicans have seen them go 23-31 and 23-27-4 ATS so far this season, while the Wizards are at 26-28 and 29-24-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Wizards are 30-24, while the Pelicans are 26-28.

View New Orleans Pelicans vs Washington Wizards Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 5.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 195.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 14-rated Wizards and the No. 23-ranked Pelicans, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 92-91 result in favor of the Wizards.

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The Pelicans were a 90-87 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Bobcats. They earned a push of the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (177) made winners of UNDER bettors. New Orleans got 20 points from Brian Roberts but lost anyway 90-87 against the Bobcats on Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Wizards were a 114-97 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Hawks. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (211) made winners of OVER bettors. John Wall scored 21 points and added 12 assists for a double-double, leading Washington over Atlanta, 114-97, on Wednesday at Philips Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 99.48 PPG, against a Pelicans defense that ranks No. 16 at 100.93 PPG. The Wizards field goal percentage has averaged 45.11% so far, less than the Pelicans shooters have achieved on the year, 45.57% per game.

A few Pelicans at Wizards trends to consider:
New Orleans is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games
New Orleans is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
New Orleans is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Washington
New Orleans is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington
Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Washington is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Washington is 5-13-1 ATS in its last 19 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games at home


Next up:
New Orleans home to Los Angeles, Monday, February 24th
Washington at Cleveland, Sunday, February 23rd
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