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Nuggets vs Pelicans Preview

New Orleans PelicansDenver Nuggets
32-42April 02, 2014, 09:00 | Pepsi Center32-42

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

The Nuggets sit at 32-42 (33-40-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Pelicans are currently 32-42 (31-37-6 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Denver is 36-38 OU, and New Orleans is 39-35 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets Odds and Stats.

The Nuggets were listed as a -3.5-point Favorite at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), while the total was listed at 210 over at 5Dimes earlier.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Nuggets rated this week at No. 22 and the Pelicans sitting at No. 23. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 95-93 result in favor of the Nuggets today.

The Pelicans were a 102-97 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Kings. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (199) made winners of OVER bettors. The Pelicans endured a 102-97 loss at the hands of the Kings on Monday, despite a 23-point effort from Anthony Morrow at New Orleans Arena.

Denver was a 94-92 loser in its last match at home against the Grizzlies. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 186 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Nuggets got a 23-point performance from Timofey Mozgov, who added 10 rebounds, but Memphis still ran past Denver 94-92 on Monday at Pepsi Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Denver's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 103.57 PPG, against a Pelicans defense that ranks No. 19 at 102.05 PPG. The Nuggets field goal percentage has averaged 44.7% so far, less than the Pelicans shooters have achieved on the year, 45.96% per game.

Next up:
New Orleans at Utah, Friday, April 4th
Denver at Memphis, Friday, April 4th