Game Time: 8:00 pm ET, Friday, December 2, 2022
Venue: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Where to Watch: CW35
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Pelicans -7, Spurs +7; Over/Under: 232 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Pelicans -7, Spurs +7; Over/Under: 232 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Pelicans -7, Spurs +7; Over/Under: 232 points
New Orleans Pelicans: 13-8 (1st place, Southwest Division)
San Antonio Spurs: 6-16 (4th place, Southwest Division)
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New Orleans Pelicans: 7-3 last 10
San Antonio Spurs: 1-9 last 10
New Orleans Pelicans vs San Antonio Spurs Preview and Analysis
The Pelicans are coming into this game with a 13-8 record overall and they are 5-5 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game on a 2 game winning streak with wins coming against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Toronto Raptors in their last game. Zion Williamson led the team in points in that game with 33 while Trey Murphy III was next on the team with 26 points. Dyson Daniels led the team in assists in that game with 9 while Jonas Valančiūnas led the team in rebounds with 13. They were 52.3% from the field, 42.4% from 3-point range, and 84.6% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 117.1 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 111 PPG against them. The Pelicans have an ATS record of 11-10 this season and their O/U record is 12-9.
The Spurs are coming into this game with a 6-16 record overall and they are 3-8 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game on a 9 game losing streak with losses coming against the Golden State Warriors, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Sacramento Kings, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the New Orleans Pelicans, the LA Lakers again twice in a row, and the Oklahoma City Thunder in their last game. Devin Vassell led the team in points in that game with 25 while Keldon Johnson was next on the team with 19 points. Keldon Johnson led the team in assists in that game with 6 while Romeo Langford led the team in rebounds with 8. They were 44.6% from the field, 27% from 3-point range, and 76% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 110.6 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 121 PPG against them. The Spurs have an ATS record of 9-13 this season and their O/U record is 10-11-1.
Pelicans vs Spurs Prediction
The current betting odds have the Pelicans listed as a 7 point favorite in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Pelicans have proven themselves to be a very good team this year and they are going to be a big threat in the Western Conference all season. They have been missing McCollum in their last few games but they have still looked really good in those games and are starting to find a rhythm with Alvarado taking over in the lineup. The Pelicans haven't been as good on the road this season but most of their starters are healthy here and they are playing one of the worst teams in the NBA right now. The Spurs got off to a very hot start this year but they have been fading since then as they are struggling just to win games now after upsetting so many teams at the beginning of the season. The Spurs will be at home here but they are also missing a lot of their key players to injuries and that has been a big part of the reason as to why they have been so bad lately. Their team was already on the bad side with their starters in but now they are really struggling to win games and likely won't be better until they start getting healthier. The best way to place a bet here is on the Pelicans to cover the spread in this game.
Pelicans Spurs Prediction: Our NBA Pick for Friday, December 2, 2022 (8:00 pm ET start time) is Pelicans 127 Spurs 107.
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NBA Betting Trends
New Orleans Pelicans: 23-12 ATS as a road favorite of 6.5 to 12 points. 20-7 OVER as a road favorite. 7-1 OVER after a game out rebounding the opponent by 20 or more.
San Antonio Spurs: 9-16 ATS after 3 straight games - allowing a shooting pct. of 47% or higher. 29-18 OVER as a home underdog. 19-9 OVER as a home underdog of 6.5 to 12 points.
New Orleans Pelicans: C. McCollum (SG) Ques Fri - Conditioning. H. Jones (PF) Ques Fri - Ankle. B. Ingram (SF) Ques Fri - Toe. N. Marshall (PF) Ques Fri - Illness. E. Liddell (SF) Out indefinitely - Knee.
San Antonio Spurs: D. McDermott (SF) Ques Fri - Ankle. J. Richardson (SG) Ques Fri - Ankle. J. Sochan (PF) Mid Dec - Quadricep. J. Poeltl (C) Mid Dec - Knee. B. Wesley (SG) Early Jan - Knee.
“That was a huge moment in the game. They had cut it to (11) points, and it was sort of ‘time, score, situation.’ Zion just knew, ‘All right, I need to take over the game,’ and he did it on both ends. We knew that his athletic ability offensively is impressive. But to go up and get some blocks, to grab the rebound and take it full court and get to the basket, get to the foul line — those are things great players do.” - Willie Green after his team’s win against the Raptors in their game on Wednesday.
“The purpose we had in the first half – it just dissipated in the second half.” - Gregg Popovich after his team’s loss against the Thunder in their game on Wednesday.
New Orleans Pelicans
PG Jose Alvarado
SG Brandon Ingram
SF Herbert Jones
PF Zion Williamson
C Jonas Valanciunas
San Antonio Spurs
PG Tre Jones
SG Devin Vassell
SF Keldon Johnson
PF Doug McDermott
C Zach Collins
New Orleans Pelicans
PPG: Z. Williamson (23.1)
APG: C. McCollum (6.1)
Reb/G: J. Valanciunas (9.2)
San Antonio Spurs
PPG: D. Vassell (20.6)
APG: T. Jones (7)
Reb/G: J. Poeltl (9.9)
New Orleans Pelicans: Willie Green (2nd season)
San Antonio Spurs: Gregg Popovich (27th season)