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NBA odds preview - Nuggets vs. Pelicans

Denver NuggetsNew Orleans Pelicans
14-13December 27, 2013, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena12-14

The visiting Nuggets hope to send their backers to the pay window on Friday as they look to cover the spread at New Orleans Arena against the Pelicans.

The Pelicans sport a record of 12-14 and 11-14-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Nuggets sit at 14-13 and 12-14-1 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 16-10 for the Pelicans and 10-17 for the Nuggets. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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It's a betting matchup between the No. 15-rated Pelicans and the No. 10-ranked Nuggets, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 96-94 result in favor of the Pelicans.

The Nuggets were an 89-81 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Warriors. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (170) made winners of UNDER bettors. Ty Lawson scored 16 points in a failed effort to lead the Nuggets to victory (they lost 89-81 to Golden State at Pepsi Center on Monday).

New Orleans was a 113-100 winner in its last match on the road against the Kings. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 213 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Tyreke Evans scored 25 points and added 12 assists for a double-double, leading New Orleans over Sacramento, 113-100, on Monday at Sleep Train Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 11-ranked offense (102.81 PPG) against a Nuggets defense that ranks No. 14 at 100.15 PPG. The Pelicans have averaged 44.88% from the field per game, more than the Nuggets have managed so far this season (44.04% on average).

Next up:
Denver at Vancouver, Saturday, December 28th
New Orleans at Houston, Saturday, December 28th