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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 NBA Odds and Previews

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

When: December 25, 2019 10:30 PM ET
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver Colorado
TV: ESPN
Stream: NBA League Pass / Sofa Score

New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets 12/25/2019 Betting Odds
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
New Orleans Pelicans +8.5 (-110) 219.5 o (-110) +336

Denver Nuggets
-8.5 (-110) 219.5 u (-110) -389
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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
J. Holiday SG 28 GP 28 GS 36 MIN 19.6 PTS 1.4 OR 3.7 DR 5.1 REB 6.5 AST 1.7 STL 0.8 BLK 3.2 TO 2.3 PF 2 AST/TO 16.3 PER
J. Redick SG 28 GP 24 GS 29.3 MIN 15.9 PTS 0.2 OR 2.8 DR 3 REB 2 AST 0.4 STL 0.2 BLK 1.2 TO 1.7 PF 1.7 AST/TO 15.22 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
N. Jokic C 27 GP 27 GS 31.4 MIN 17.3 PTS 2.2 OR 7.9 DR 10.1 REB 6.8 AST 1 STL 0.6 BLK 2.5 TO 3 PF 2.7 AST/TO 22.41 PER
W. Barton SG 25 GP 25 GS 32.9 MIN 14.6 PTS 1.5 OR 5.3 DR 6.8 REB 3.3 AST 1.1 STL 0.4 BLK 1.4 TO 2.1 PF 2.3 AST/TO 15.98 PER

New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets 12/25/2019 Betting Numbers

Trends

New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans’ last 5 games.
New Orleans are 2-14 SU in their last 16 games.
New Orleans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against Denver.
Pelicans are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games on the road.
New Orleans are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Denver.
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of New Orleans’ last 14 games this season.
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New Orleans’ last 9 games against an opponent in the Western conference.
New Orleans are 4-14 ATS in their last 18 games played in December.

Denver Nuggets

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver’s last 6 games.
Denver are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games.
Nuggets are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home.
Denver are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against New Orleans.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver’s last 5 games this season.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Denver’s last 10 games against an opponent in the Southwest division.

Injuries

New Orleans Pelicans

Zion Williamson PF Knee is out indefinitely

Denver Nuggets

No Injuries

Head-to-Head
New Orleans Pelicans Denver Nuggets
38-43-1 Against the Spread 49-47
44-37-1 Straight Up 44-52
115 Points per Game 110
116 Points Allowed per Game 106
44.58 Offensive FG% 45.3
73.02 Offensive FT% 75.1
36.1 Offensive 3PT% 35.58
47.1 Defensive FG% 43.74
79.51 Defensive FT% 75.04
36.97 Defensive 3PT% 30.36

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