Nothing can slow down the Denver Nuggets right now. They have won 14 of their last 17 games and have a record of 6-1 since they lost Jamal Murray for the season. Meanwhile, the Pelicans are holding on for dear life in the race for the play-in tournament.
Let’s take a deep dive into the different markets out there for Colorado sports bettors in our Pelicans vs. Nuggets betting preview, complete with the best odds, picks, and predictions.
Pelicans vs. Nuggets Betting Preview
The Nuggets have been led by Nikola Jokic all year long, but it’s Michael Porter Jr. who is turning heads lately. He is averaging 25.7 points per game on ridiculous shooting splits over his last seven games. Porter delivered when the team needed a scoring lift in the wake of Murray’s injury.
As for the Pelicans, they are showing a lot of promise this season, but they are still probably a year away from making any noise in the Western Conference. Zion Williamson is an absolute beast and he continues to improve with each game.
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Pelicans vs. Nuggets Odds
Game lines courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook Colorado:
- Spread: Nuggets -4 (-112) // Pelicans +4 (-109)
- Moneyline: Nuggets -175 // Pelicans +143
- Total: Over 228.5 (-113) // Under 228.5 (-109)
Bets We Like With A Nuggets Win
Michael Porter Jr. Over 23.5 Points (-108)
Let’s continue to ride the hot hand here. As mentioned previously, Porter is averaging 25.7 points since Murray’s injury. He has scored 39 and 31 points in his last two games respectively. We can expect a high-scoring game on Wednesday night as the Pelicans rank 27th in the NBA in defensive rating.
New Orleans has a strong front inside with Williamson, Steven Adams, and Jaxson Hayes, but Porter should be able to get to his spots. With how hot Porter has been over the last week, Jokic will be looking for him early and often against the Pelicans.
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Bets We Like With A Pelicans Win
Nikola Jokic Under 9.5 Assists (-135)
Trying to defend Nikola Jokic is a nearly impossible task this season. Defenses are forced to pick their poison when it comes to game-planning for the Serbian big man. Do you try and stop him from scoring by doubling or play him straight up?
If the Pelicans can keep Jokic from hitting double-digit assists, it might be enough to slow down this potent Denver offense. Jokic is the straw that stirs the drink and he’s the main facilitator for the offense.
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Pelicans vs. Nuggets Prediction, Pick
The Nuggets have been too good during this second half of the season to pick against them. They are 19-6 since the All-Star break and Jokic has firmly cemented himself as the MVP. The Pelicans have loads of talent, but they are running into a buzzsaw on Wednesday night. Take the over on Porter’s point total and the Nuggets laying the points.
Pick: Nuggets -4