The San Antonio Spurs (19-23) and New Orleans Pelicans (17-27) will do battle at the Smoothie King Center at 9:30 p.m. ET. We analyze the Spurs-Pelicans odds and lines, with NBA betting advice and tips around the matchup.
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Spurs at Pelicans: Key injuries
- SF Rudy Gay (illness) probable
- SF DeMarre Carroll (illness) out
- PF Derrick Favors (back) questionable
- SG Josh Hart (ankle) questionable
- PG Jrue Holiday (elbow) probable
- SF Darius Miller (Achilles) out
- C Jahlil Okafor (back) questionable
- SG JJ Redick (hamstring) probable
- SG Kenrich Williams (back) out
- PF Zion Williamson (knee) probable
Spurs at Pelicans: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips
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Pelicans 126, Spurs 117
Back the PELICANS ( -167). In one of the most highly anticipated games for the NBA, we finally get to see rookie PF Zion Williamson in action for the first time in a regular-season game, barring a last-second setback. The crowd at Smoothie King Center will be rocking, and it will be interesting to see how head coach Alvin Gentry folds him into action with the Pellies doing well with SF Brandon Ingram up front and solid backcourt play lately.
Line/Against the Spread (ATS)
The PELICANS (- 3.5, -115) have the potential to be really good down the stretch. While they’re in last place of the Southwest Division, they’re just 3 1/2 games out of a playoff spot. They’re 3 games back of the Spurs (+3.5, -106), one team they’ll be chasing, so this is a super important game. The Pelicans will use the energy of Zion’s return to ‘spur’ them on to a win and cover.
The OVER 236.5 ( -115) is worth a small-unit play, even with this high number. The Over is 11-1 in the past 12 games for the Pelicans, and 6-0 in their past six home games. The Over is 11-5 in San Antonio’s past 16 games overall, and 4-0 in the past four on the road against teams with a losing home record. All signs point to a high-scoring affair.
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