San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans (By: Khum)
San Antonio Spurs - New Orleans Pelicans
There are two emotional landmarks to consider when approaching this game.
The New Orleans Pelicans are facing the huge buzz around their future Hall of Famer superstar Anthony Davis' desire to be traded. As a consequence they target rebuilding and they made available on the trade market other heavy pieces in roster, as Nikola Mirotic, Julius Randle and E'Tawn Moore. Suddenly 5 important players (3 starters and a candidate for 6th Man of the Year) are sidelined: Davis, Mirotic, , Payton, Randle, Moore.
The first game after the shock the other guys in the roster ride the emotional wave and they stunn the Rockets in Houston. The wave is losing power for the second game and they lose at home to the Nuggets. And tonight they will face the Spurs.
The second emotional landmark comes from the Spurs game against the Suns, when they struggled at home against a poor team and they secured the win with a buzzer beater. Coach Popovich came to press and stated that his team was awful and the Suns were robbed. Those are the moments you know Spurs will play harder the next games. Only for Pop.
In their next game they once again secured the win in the last moments of the regular time, against the brave Nets.
The Spurs met 3 times the Pelicans this season and they won by 14 at home and by 12 on the road, while losing once in New Orleans by 14. In that lost game Davis scored 29 points, Moore scored 24, Randle 21 and Mirotic 13, combining for a total of 87 points. All these 4 guys will be OUT tonight.
Spurs are in full force, they play the next game two days from now at Sacramento, so they have no reason to enter the tonight game otherwise than fully focused. And a fully focused Spurs team that holds the 3rd NBA ATS record for this season (31-22), 6th in the league as home team (18-10) and 9th as a home favourite (11-9) should take care of the business and win in double digits against this Pelicans team that should be diving deep in confusion and doubts and might very well start tanking.
Let's go green!
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San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans prediction
|San Antonio -10.5||Pinnacle||2.02||9||113-108 LOST (-9 units)|