San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans

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The San Antonio Spurs will play for the second time in as many days when visiting the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. The Spurs will play at home on Sunday against the Washington Wizards before traveling to New Orleans. San Antonio has lost two straight and is 8-8 on the season tied for second place with Dallas a half-game behind the first place Memphis Grizzlies in the Southwest Division. Injuries and illness have hurt San Antonio as Keita Bates-Diop, Drew Eubanks and Quinndary Weatherspoon are out indefinitely, while Derrick White is out until late February and Dejounte Murray is questionable.

New Orleans looks to snap out of its losing ways when playing host to San Antonio on Monday. The Pelicans have lost three straight and eight of their last nine. New Orleans is in last place at 5-10 in the Southwest Division. The Pelicans defense has been porous to say the least, as New Orleans has allowed 112 points or more in each of its last 5 games that resulted in four losses. The Pelicans have avoided Injuries and illness and just Will Magnay is out indefinitely for personal reasons.

Spurs holding their own despite injuries and illness

As mentioned before, San Antonio has struggled during the first month of the regular season with injuries and illnesses, but the Spurs nonetheless are within a half-game of first place in the Southwest Division. Much of that is thanks to a balanced scoring attack that has 7 players averaging between 11.7 points and 20.9 points per game led by DeMar DeRozan with a team-high average of 20.9 points per game. The Spurs are shooting 44.3% overall and 35.7% from long distance. The top five scorers for San Antonio are shooting 45.0% or higher overall.

As a team the Spurs are averaging 46.2 rebounds per game of which 36.2 are off the defensive glass and 10.0 are offensive rebounds. The leading rebounder is Keldon Johnson with an average of 7.5 per game. San Antonio is averaging 24.8 assists per game led by the 6.7 per game average of DeRozan. The Spurs commit an average of just 9.7 turnovers per game and have an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.6 which leads the NBA. San Antonio is averaging 6.9 steals and 5.0 block shots per game with Dejounte Murray the leader in steals with an average of 1.4 per game and Jakob Poeltl the leader in blocked shots with an average of 0.9 per game.

New Orleans giving up too much on defense

The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing an average of 111.5 points per game which is 19th in the NBA but of late the Pelicans have been allowing too many points. Over the last five games played, New Orleans is allowing an average of 120.4 points per game and New Orleans has lost four of those five games. The Pelicans average 7.4 steals and 3.6 block shots per game with Lonzo Ball with the leader in steals with an average of 1.2 per game and Brandon Ingram the leader in blocked shots with an average of 0.9 per game.

The Pelicans are averaging 46.7 rebounds per game of which 35.5 per game are off the defensive glass and 11.2 per game are off the offensive boards. Leading rebounder is Steven Adams with an average of 9.1 per game. Zion Williamson is the leading scorer for New Orleans with an average of 23.4 points per game while Ingram is next in line with an average of 23.3 points per game. The leader in assists is Ball with an average of 4.7 per game and as a team New Orleans is averaging 22.6 assists per contest. The Pelicans are turning the ball over too often at a rate of 15.1 per game and have an assist-to-turnover ratio of just 1.5. New Orleans averages 108.2 points per game and is shooting 46.6% overall and 33.2% from downtown.

The Bottom Line
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Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The New Orleans Pelicans are giving up too many points. Over the last five games, which included four losses, the Pelicans are allowing an average of 120.4 points per game and over that same period New Orleans is scoring an average of just 109.6 points per game. The Pelicans have failed to cover the spread in four of the last six playing on their home court and seven of the last nine overall. San Antonio has its top five scorers shooting over 45% from the field and the Spurs on the best assist to turnover ratio in all the NBA at 2.6. San Antonio averages 9.7 turnovers per game compared to 15.1 by New Orleans.

Prediction:
San Antonio Spurs

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

New Orleans is averaging 109.6 points per game over its last five games and allowing an average of more than 120 points per game over that same stretch. The total has finished over in each of the Pelicans last four games and in 9 of the Pelicans last 10. The poor defensive play of late by New Orleans and the above average shooting of the Spurs will result in the point total finishing over.

Prediction:
OVER