It has been a rollercoaster ride for the New Orleans Pelicans (18-12) in the last few weeks. They suddenly claim the number 1 spot in the Western Conference after their seven-game winning streak, including back-to-back victories against the Phoenix Suns (19-13) on the road. Zion showcased that he can carry a team, with Brandon Ingram still sidelined.
However, the league doesn’t need much more time to catch up as the Pels suffered a four-game losing skid, these include back-to-back losses against the Utah Jazz (18-16), and a 128-119 loss against the Milwaukee Bucks (22-8).
Tomorrow, they are looking to get back in the winning column as they host the San Antonio Spurs which is probably having the worst start since Coach Greg Popovich’s takeover in 1996. They suffered an11 straight losses but managed to bounce back and won four of their last six games.
A Complete Pelicans squad will be a tough match-up for the Spurs, but with Zion and Ingram both sidelined, and Larry Nance still on day-to-day status. The Spurs might have a surprise victory.
San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans Odds/Game Lines
|BetMGM Louisiana Odds||SA Spurs||NO Pelicans|
|Point Spread||+8.5 (-110)||-8.5 (-110)|
|Total||O 226.5 (-115)||U 226.5 (-105)|
|Three-Way (Regular Time Only)|
|DraftKings Louisiana Odds||SA Spurs||NO Pelicans|
|Point Spread||+7.5 (-110)||-7.5 (-110)|
|Total||O 226 (-110)||U 226 (-110)|
|Player Props (Points)|
|CJ McCollum (NOP)||O 24.5 (-125)||U 24.5 (-105)|
|Trey Murphy III (NOP)||O 14.5 (-110)||U 14.5 (-120)|
|Devin Vassell (SAS)||O 21.5 (-115)||U 21.5 (-115)|
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Pels Missing Key Players
New Orleans Pelicans will be visiting the San Antonio Spurs with Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram out. Zion Williamson will miss another game, but this time, he is listed under “health and safety protocols”. This is usually labeled on players who contract COVID-19, but the teams do not disclose more details.
Williamson has been a driving force in the league this season. He is averaging 25.2 points (while shooting 60.3% from the field) and 7.2 boards per game. He is also capable of dishing out assists, with 4.7 per meeting, and has an impressive 1.2 steals per game.
Ingram has been out since November 25 after suffering a left big toe contusion and is expected to miss two more games, as per Pelicans Head Coach, Willie Green. Aside from Zion and BI, Larry Nance is questionable to play tomorrow due to achilles issue.
The Pels are looking to be a dangerous team as long as their core is complete, however, they struggled to keep Ingram, Williamson, and CJ McCollum present every night due to several reasons.
“I think we have a unique opportunity with some games coming up to get back on the right track and really see what we’re made of. I’m looking forward to the challenge,” McCollum said.
“There are so many games left in the season. It’s just about ebbs and flows and consistently playing the right way, as well as trying to build winning habits.”
Spurs Looking for Revenge
Despite Keldon Johnson missing their last game against the Rockets due to bruised back, the Spurs managed to take home a 124-105 win. Devin Vassell delivered 26 points on 10/17 FG with four rebounds and five assists.
They ended another two straight losses and look to continue winning by having their revenge on the Pels who destroyed them in their first two meeting of the season, 129-110 last Nov. 23 and 117-99 on Dec. 2. With the Pelicans’ key players out, this might be the best chance for the Spurs to steal a win at Smoothie King Center.
After this game, they will meet again on March 21 in New Orleans.