New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets 12/25/2019 NBA Odds and Previews
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New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets 12/25/2019 – This Christmas schedule was made with the expectations that a healthy Zion Willamson will play against Nikola Jokic. But after a 13-game losing streak, the Pelicans have won two out of their three games. On the other hand, the Nuggets are creeping the Lakers for the top spot in the Western Conference as they won seven-straight games. This game will happen at the Nugget’s house in the Pepsi Center in Colorado on Christmas day at 10:30 pm. This match will be featured on TV on ESPN while live stream is made available at NBA League Pass and Sofa Score. NBA Betting Lines Pick the Nuggets as the heavy favorites and will take home an eight-game winning streak from Santa Claus.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets 12/25/2019
New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets 12/25/2019 Betting Odds
New Orleans Pelicans Betting
Even with Carmelo Anthony looking vintage in their game, the Pelicans managed to pull out a win. The big step up was Derrick Favors who did 12 points and 13 rebounds as he supplied the interior presence that New Orleans sorely need. E’Twaun Moore came off the bench with 24 minutes and provided another push as he finished with 13 points. JJ Reddick, Jrue Holiday and Brandon Ingram had their usual production but Lonzo Ball is still a player that they hope to get more comfortable with their system. Against the Nuggets, Favors and Moore will be battling one of the best centers who packs a scoring punch and the assisting power with Nikola Jokic. If they manage to lessen his production, the Pelicans may have a chance to pull another upset victory.
Players to watch: B. Ingram SF 26 GP 26 GS 33.8 MIN 25.3 PTS 0.9 OR 6.1 DR 7 REB 3.8 AST 0.8 STL 0.8 BLK 3 TO 3.1 PF 1.3 AST/TO 21.47 PER
Denver Nuggets Betting
The Denver Nuggets are on a seven-game winning streak but their last match ended in a tight battle with the Phoenix Suns. Denver was supposed to dominate an Ayton-less Suns but instead, they were not able to contain the bench players who combined for 41 points. Nikola Jokic finished with a triple-double, Jamaal Murray had 28 points but it was their defense that was not working well. This performance gives the Pelicans some light that they can win this game. Against the Pelicans, they need to contain the guards and that will be tasked to the rotation of Murray, Gary Harris and Monte Morris. If their game against the Suns shows up on Christmas, the Grinch might actually give them a visit and spoil the day for them.
Players to Watch: J. Murray PG 27 GP 27 GS 31.9 MIN 17.9 PTS 0.9 OR 3.5 DR 4.4 REB 4.4 AST 1.4 STL 0.3 BLK 2.3 TO 1.7 PF 2 AST/TO 17.49 PER
New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets 12/25/2019 Betting Numbers
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver’s last 6 games.
New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson PF Knee is out indefinitely
New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets Betting Picks
The Denver Nuggets are again expected to dominate this game according to Online Sportsbook. Nikola Jokic will have his Christmas day numbers at home being pitted against Favors and Moore. But their game against the Suns is not that convincing that they will go beyond their spread and gives light that this game could be closer than the odds think.
Moneyline: Underdog ML is going to the Pelicans with a +336 while the Nuggets are at -389.
ATS: 8.5 points separate the Pelicans and Nuggets across the spread. New Orleans is owning a +8.5 while the Nuggets are on the other side at -8.5.
TOTALs: A Total of 219.5 points is handed down to this game with the Pelicans going over while the Nuggets are the team under.
Score Prediction: 114 – 108 Nuggets