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NBA Game Preview - Wizards underdogs vs Pelicans at New Orleans

Washington WizardsNew Orleans Pelicans
15-17January 08, 2014, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena15-18

The Pelicans will hit the floor running against the visiting Washington Wizards on Wednesday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Pelicans bring a 15-18 record (13-18-2 ATS) to the battle against the 15-17 Wizards, who are 17-14-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New Orleans go 18-15 so far and the Wizards go 18-14. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Washington Wizards vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Wizards before tip-off in this one found them as 4-point underdogs earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 197.5 at TopBet.

The Pelicans sit at No. 19 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Wizards are at No. 18 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Pelicans will win this game 94-92.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 97-83 winner as they battled the Bobcats on the road. The Wizards covered in the match as a 1.5-point favorite, while 180 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Bradley Beal scored 21 points leading the Wizards to a 97-83 victory over Charlotte at Time Warner Cable Arena on Tuesday.

New Orleans lost its last outing, a 107-88 result against the Heat on January 7. The Pelicans failed to cover in that game as an 8.5-point underdog, while the 195 combined points took the game UNDER the total. New Orleans got 22 points and 12 rebounds from Anthony Davis in a losing cause in a 107-88 loss to Miami on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New Orleans's No. 12-rated squad against Washington's No. 21-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New Orleans rates No. 26 in the league with 6.33 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 12 with 8.03 per outing.

Next up:
Washington at Indiana, Friday, January 10th
New Orleans home to Dallas, Friday, January 10th