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Pelicans home to Spurs in NBA betting action

San Antonio SpursNew Orleans Pelicans
34-13February 03, 2014, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena20-26

New Orleans looks to cover the Pelicans-Spurs pointspread on Monday and improve its overall 20-26 mark when they host San Antonio in NBA action.

New Orleans will face the 34-13 Spurs, who own a 22-25 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Pelicans are 22-24 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Spurs are 26-21 favoring the OVER.

View San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as -4.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 193.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 23-rated Pelicans and the No. 7-rated Spurs in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 99-92 win for the Spurs on Monday.

San Antonio was a 95-93 winner in its last match at home against the Kings. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 188 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Spurs got a 23-point performance from Tim Duncan, who added 17 rebounds as San Antonio ran past Sacramento 95-93 on Saturday at AT&T Center.

The Pelicans were an 88-79 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Bulls. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites, while the total score (167) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Pelicans grabbed an 88-79 win over the Bulls on Saturday, behind a 24-point effort from Anthony Davis at New Orleans Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New Orleans's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 99.96 PPG, against a Spurs defense that ranks No. 5 at 96.77 PPG. The Pelicans field goal percentage has averaged 45.52% so far, less than the Spurs shooters have achieved on the year, 49.18% per game.

Next up:
San Antonio at Washington, Wednesday, February 5th
New Orleans home to Atlanta, Wednesday, February 5th