NBA Betting Odds
Thursday night NBA Betting Odds features a Southwest Division matchup with two teams on different ends of the spectrum, as the San Antonio Spurs (10-20, 5-8 away) travel to New Orleans to face the Pelicans (18-12, 12-4 at home). The game will begin at 8 p.m. ET at the Smoothie King Center. The Spurs vs. Pelicans prediction is provided below.
- On Thursday night, the Spurs and Pelicans will square off in a divisional clash.
- This season, New Orleans has already defeated San Antonio twice.
- Can they get a third title? Check out the Spurs vs. Pelicans predictions and odds.
The Spurs are coming off a convincing 124-105 victory against the Houston Rockets on Monday. The Pels of NBA Betting Odds, on the other hand, are third in the West but have lost four straight games, most recently to the Bucks.
Spurs vs. Pelicans Betting Odds
The Pelicans are 7.5-point favorites with -330 moneyline odds. In 2022-23, they covered 50% of their games. The Spurs return at +275 and have an ATS record of 13-17 in the NBA Betting Odds.
This season, NOLA is 2-0 versus San Antonio, winning by an average of 18.5 points in both matches.
Spurs Rotation Shows Potential
The Spurs are rebuilding, and things aren’t likely to improve anytime soon. It’s a procedure. They did, however, show a lot of promise on Monday in Houston. Keldon Johnson, the team’s top scorer with 21.1 points per game, missed this game and will miss this one as well due to injury. Nonetheless, Gregg Popovich’s team performed well.
San Antonio not only defeated, but also demolished the Rockets. Everyone joined in on the fun. Devin Vassell led the way with a game-high 26 points, while six other players scored in double digits. But hear this. The bench contributed 62 points. Except for one second unit player, everyone had at least 10 points.
With 30 assists, the Spurs were sharing the ball at an amazing rate. As a consequence, they received several clean looks from downtown, drained 50% of their triples for the NBA Betting Odds. Houston was also beaten in transition, with San Antonio scoring 26 points on the fastbreak. The Rockets are in a similar rebuilding situation as the Spurs, but this was a fantastic team triumph.
Without Zion, Pels
New Orleans is in in a skid, and to make matters worse, Zion Williamson has just undergone COVID-19 procedures and will not play on Thursday. Brandon Ingram is also out with a toe injury, while defensive star Larry Nance is uncertain.
Regardless of the cold weather, the Pelicans are shaping up to be a dark horse in the West with a strong core. They are in the top six in both offensive and defensive rating, and they are third in the league with 117.3 points per game. Having said that, the Bucks dominated them on Monday, with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez combining for 72 points.
Jonas Valanciunas led the way for New Orleans with 37 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists. CJ McCollum added 31 points and has just found his scoring groove. However, the Pels were outplayed in the paint and in transition. That proved to be the deciding factor. With Zion out, CJ and Valanciunas, as well as Herb Jones, Jose Alvarado, and Trey Murphy, must step up.
Prediction for Spurs vs. Pelicans
The loss of Williamson is undoubtedly devastating, but the Pelicans are all than capable of defeating a club they’ve dominated in recent months on NBA Betting Odds. NOLA is also fantastic at home. Take them behind cover.
- Prediction: Pelicans -7.5 (-110)