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NBA betting line favors Knicks over Pelicans

New Orleans PelicansNew York Knicks
7-8December 01, 2013, 07:30 | Madison Square Garden3-12

The Knicks will be trying to slam the Pelicans on Sunday when the teams tip off at Madison Square Garden in NBA betting action.

New York will face the 7-8 Pelicans, who own a 5-9-1 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Knicks are 6-9 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Pelicans are 10-5 favoring the OVER.

View New Orleans Pelicans vs New York Knicks Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Knicks in this one, they were listed earlier as -1-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 197 for Sunday at shops such as 5Dimes.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 19-rated Pelicans taking on the No. 11-rated Knicks in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 93-85 win for the Pelicans on Sunday.

New Orleans was a 121-105 winner in its last match on the road against the 76ers. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 226 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Pelicans got a 26-point performance from Eric Gordon as New Orleans ran past Philadelphia 121-105 on Friday at Wells Fargo Center.

New York lost its last outing, a 97-95 result against the Nuggets on November 29. The Knicks covered in that game as an 8.5-point underdog, while the 192 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Knicks wasted a 27-point performance from Carmelo Anthony as Denver ran past them 97-95 on Friday at Pepsi Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Pelicans rank No. 15 in the league with 42.47 per game. That compares with New York’s No. 26 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where New York is the NBA’s No. 14-ranked team at 7.8 per game, while the Pelicans rate No. 23 with 6 per contest.

Next up:
New Orleans at Chicago, Monday, December 2nd
New York at New Jersey, Thursday, December 5th