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Pelicans are a Fantastic OVER Play

Anthony Davis

The New Orleans Pelicans are finally getting it together after a rough first few months of the season and appear to be primed for a playoff push after All-Star Weekend. But sharp sports bettors have followed the Pels as of late for a different reason. New Orleans has been the best OVER bet in the NBA over the last few weeks, evidenced by the OVER/UNDER going 9-2 during that span. They’ll travel to Cleveland Saturday to take on King James and the Cavaliers. The total for the matchup opened at 211 at most shops.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 4-1 in the Cavaliers last 5 overall.
  • The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between the Cavaliers and Pelicans.
  • The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs the Central Division.

When these teams get together, high-scoring affairs are the story. The OVER is 6-1 in the last seven meetings between the Cavs and Pels.

Cleveland is coming off back-to-back setbacks to the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets and will be playing in its second game in as many nights in the wake of Friday’s 104-103 nail biter to the Celtics. The Cavs are just 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine following a straight up loss.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at BetOnline opened the Cleveland Cavaliers as -11-point favorites in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 208.5 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 110-99 result in favor of the Cavaliers today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New Orleans Pelicans will try to spoil the party on Saturday; they are 20-29 ATS against the betting spread this NBA season, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are 21-26-2 ATS. New Orleans is 23-25-1 vs the betting total points scored; Cleveland is 24-25. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs New Orleans injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Cleveland Cavaliers rated this week at No. 3 and the New Orleans Pelicans sitting at No. 12.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Cleveland's No. 9-rated NBA squad against New Orleans's No. 21-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Cleveland rates No. 5 in the league with 9.88 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 12 with 8.82 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Anthony Davis chucked in 39 points for New Orleans on Thursday, but they still came up short in losing 99-96 at Smoothie King Center.

The Cavaliers wasted a 30-point performance from LeBron James as Boston ran past them 104-103 on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Betting Trends
  • New Orleans is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • New Orleans is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of New Orleans's last 11 games
  • New Orleans is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 19-4 SU in its last 23 games at home
  • Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing New Orleans

Next Betting Matchups

New Orleans at Minnesota, Monday, February 8th
Cleveland home to Sacramento, Monday, February 8th