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Knicks visit Pelicans in hoops battle

New York KnicksNew Orleans Pelicans
20-33February 19, 2014, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena23-29

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Wednesday when the Pelicans try to run the Knicks off the court at New Orleans Arena in pro hoops action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Pelicans are 23-29 so far on the season, and 23-26-3 ATS vs. the number. The Knicks, meanwhile, are 20-33 and 22-31 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New Orleans go 26-26 and the Knicks go 30-23 on the totals.

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The visitors opened this morning as 3-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.

This game matches up the No. 23 (Pelicans) and the No. 13 (Knicks) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 92-90 result in favor of the Pelicans is predicted by handicapping models.

New York was a 98-93 loser in its last match on the road against the Grizzlies. They covered the 5.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 191 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Knicks endured a 98-93 loss at the hands of the Grizzlies on Tuesday, despite a 23-point effort from Tim Hardaway Jr. at FedExForum.

The Pelicans were a 102-98 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bucks. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites, while the total score (200) made winners of OVER bettors. The Pelicans got 21 points from Eric Gordon as New Orleans ran past Milwaukee 102-98 on Wednesday at Bradley Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Knicks rank No. 27 in the league with 40.68 per game. That compares with New Orleans’s No. 17 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where New Orleans is the NBA’s No. 27-ranked team at 5.96 per game, while the Knicks rate No. 7 with 8.87 per contest.

Next up:
New York at Orlando, Friday, February 21st
New Orleans at Charlotte, Friday, February 21st