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Pelicans are a Fantastic Play vs Spurs

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It’s fairly obvious that the San Antonio Spurs are a much better basketball team than the New Orleans Pelicans, but the Pels own the series when it comes to cashing spread tickets. Anthony Davis and company have covered in five of their last six matchups with the Spurs, and they’ll have another opportunity Thursday when they welcome San Antonio to Louisiana.

Shark Bites
  • The Pelicans are 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four games after a loss.
  • The Spurs are 6-0 SU and ATS in their last six games against their division.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Spurs' last four games after an ATS win.

The Spurs’ defense sagged terribly without standout small forward Kawhi Leonard, however, it’s looking much better now that he’s back in the fold. In three games without Leonard last week, the Spurs surrendered 109.7 points per game while Leonard was plagued by a calf injury. San Antonio has the best points allowed per game margin in the Association (92.3) over the course of the season.

One area where the Pelicans have been particularly profitable is producing to the OVER. The Pels have gone above the closing total in 15 of their last 21 games. New Orleans is a measly 25-34 ATS – the fourth-worst mark in the league.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New Orleans Pelicans sit at 23-36 (25-34 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the San Antonio Spurs are currently 51-9 (38-22 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? New Orleans is 29-29-1 OU and San Antonio is 27-31-2 OU. This season the New Orleans Pelicans are 23-36 overall and 25-34 ATS against the number, while the San Antonio Spurs are 51-9 and 38-22 ATS. As for the totals, New Orleans is 29-29-1 on the OU, and San Antonio is 27-31-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New Orleans vs San Antonio injuries news.

This game pits the New Orleans Pelicans, currently No. 12 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the San Antonio Spurs, who rate No. 7 in the most recent survey update.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting San Antonio Spurs rank No. 11 in the league with 44.27 per game. That compares with New Orleans's No. 24 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where New Orleans is the NBA's No. 13-ranked team at 8.66 per game, while the San Antonio Spurs rate No. 24 with 7.28 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Detroit was victimized for 23 points and 23 rebounds by Lamarcus Aldridge as the Spurs defeated the Pistons 97-81 in NBA action on Wednesday.

The Pelicans endured a 100-95 loss at the hands of the Rockets on Wednesday, despite a 21-point effort from Norris Cole at Toyota Center.

Betting Trends
  • San Antonio is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Antonio's last 5 games
  • San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 15 of New Orleans's last 21 games
  • New Orleans is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
  • New Orleans is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of New Orleans's last 13 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

San Antonio home to Sacramento, Saturday, March 5th
New Orleans home to Utah, Saturday, March 5th