Denver Nuggets vs New Orleans Pelicans 10/31/2019 Odds, Picks and Prediction
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Denver Nuggets vs New Orleans Pelicans 10/31/2019 – The Denver Nuggets (3-1) will be trying to stay on the winner’s circle on Thursday, as they take on the still winless New Orleans Pelicans (0-4) at Smoothie King Center. The Nuggets will be coming with a lot more focused after absorbing their first loss of the season at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks 109-106. The Pelicans are still searching for a breakthrough win after falling short in four tries. NBA Las Vegas odds indicate a Nuggets victory, but the Pelicans could make ATS betting interesting down the stretch.
Denver Nuggets vs New Orleans Pelicans 10/31/2019
Denver Nuggets vs New Orleans Pelicans 10/31/2019 Betting Odds
Denver Nuggets Betting
The Nuggets got beaten in their own game last Tuesday as 9 Mavericks players scored in double figures to lead Dallas to a big win at the Pepsi Center. Nikola Jokic put up a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, while Paul Millsap exploded for 23 points on 9-of-17 FG shooting. Denver is missing badly from the three-point range in the game, shooting just 11-of-32 for 34.4 percent.
Players to Watch: Jamal Murray (19.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.0 APG), Nikola Jokic (17.3 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 5.3 APG), Gary Harris (12.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.7 APG)
New Orleans Pelicans Betting
The breaks of the game are still not favoring the New Orleans Pelicans after four games. In the 134-123 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Brandon Ingram once again led the team in scoring with 27 points while Lonzo Ball recorded 12 points, 9 assists, and 4 rebounds. Rookie big man Jaxson Hayes put up a career-high 19 points, but the Pelicans are obviously missing Zion Williamson who will sit out the next 5 to 7 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
Players to Watch: Brandon Ingram (27.3 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 4.8 APG), Jaxson Hayes (19.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG), Josh Hart (16.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.8 APG)
Denver Nuggets vs New Orleans Pelicans 10/31/2019 Betting Numbers
Denver is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans is 5-15 ATS in their last 20 games.
New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday PG Knee is upgraded to probable Thursday vs Denver
Denver Nuggets vs New Orleans Pelicans Betting Picks
Denver had beaten the Pelicans in six out of their last 10 head-to-head meetings. The Nuggets are scoring 117.10 PPG on 48.05% FG in those games while allowing the Pelicans to just 115.50 PPG on 49.23% FG.
Moneyline: The Nuggets (-139) are easily the safer NBA Moneyline picks in this game vs. the Pelicans given their reputation as one of the top teams in the league.
ATS: The Nuggets (-2.5) are 2-2 in ATS season and 4-6 in the last 10 head-to-head with the Pelicans. New Orleans should make the game interesting with the talent they have but I don’t think they are going to lose by just two points.
TOTALs: The O/U total for this game is set at 226 points. Denver is averaging 105.75 points per game. New Orleans is scoring 121.00 per contest. The Pelicans have been an entertaining, high-scoring team with Brandon Ingram leading the charge. As for Denver, reaching the 100-point mark would just be a walk in the park for them, but there are times they like to slow down the pace of the game. That’s said, I say this game is going under because of the Nuggets’ defensive chops.
Score Prediction: 104-97 Nuggets