New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets, Friday, NBA Basketball Sports Betting, Free Picks, Predictions and Las Vegas Odds

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New Orleans at Denver, NBA Sports betting
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, December 15, 2017
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN New Orleans, Altitude (Denver)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
819 New Orleans Pelicans +1 -110 -103 Ov 223 -111
820 Denver Nuggets -1 -110 -117 Un 223 -109
 

The New Orleans Pelicans and the Denver Nuggets will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Pepsi Center.

ABOUT THE PELICANS (15-14): Cousins and Davis both shot 10-for-16 against the Bucks while E’Twaun Moore continued his sizzling pace with an 8-for-11 effort, including 4-of-6 3-pointers. “His confidence is very high,” Davis – who returned from a one-game absence due to an adductor strain – told reporters. “He’s playing at an elite level. He’s shooting the ball from 3, mid-range, getting to the line, layups. He’s playing well defensively.” Including his career-high 36-point performance at Houston on Monday, Moore is shooting 63.3 percent in December while making 29-of-43 3-pointers.

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (15-13): While Jokic’s absence – as well as that of forward Paul Millsap (wrist) – leaves a hole along the front line, Denver’s backcourt continues to shine. Gary Harris scored a career-high 36 points at Boston and fellow starting guard Jamal Murray had his second straight 28-point effort. Will Barton, another guard who had been heating up of late, was held out of Wednesday’s loss due to a back issue but he was probable heading into the game.

Oddsmakers opened the Nuggets as -1-point favorites versus the Pelicans, while the game’s total opened at 223.

The Denver Nuggets struggled at times through a challenging six-game road trip without star center Nikola Jokic. They return home Friday night to host the New Orleans Pelicans with Jokic – who has missed seven straight games with an ankle injury – nearing a return.

Jokic was medically cleared to play but did not see any action in Wednesday’s 124-118 loss at Boston, which gave Denver a 2-4 mark on the trip and a 5-11 road record overall. “I didn’t think he was ready,” coach Michael Malone told reporters of Jokic. “(The medical staff) might say he’s ready. But for myself and talking with him, it’s not just, ‘Is the ankle ready?’ It’s, ‘Is his head ready?’ I didn’t think he was ready to play tonight. I wanted to protect him, so I made that decision.” One of the Nuggets’ four losses on the trip came Dec. 6 at New Orleans, which exchanged wins and losses in a string of high-scoring games this month. DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis combined for 51 points, 23 rebounds, nine assists and five blocks in a 115-108 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Denver lost its last outing, a 124-118 result against the Celtics on December 13. The Nuggets earned a push in that game as a +6-point underdog, while the 242 combined points took the game OVER the total.

New Orleans won its last outing, a 115-108 result against the Bucks on December 13. The Pelicans covered in that game as a -2.5-point favorite, while the 223 combined points took the game OVER the total.

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New Orleans:
Team record: 15-14 SU,16-12-1 ATS
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans’s last 5 games
New Orleans is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
New Orleans is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road

Denver:
Team record: 15-13 SU,11-16-1 ATS
Denver is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Denver is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver’s last 6 games

Next up:
New Orleans at Washington Tuesday, December 19
Denver at Oklahoma City Monday, December 18

NBA Sports Betting Tips
1. Murray scored 31 points and Harris added 22 in a 146-114 rout of the Pelicans on Nov. 17.

2. Cousins entered Thursday ranked sixth in scoring (26.1), third in rebounding (12.5), tied for first in double-doubles (22) and first in turnovers per game (5.1).

3. Denver C Mason Plumlee is making 66.7 percent of his shots in six starts, compared to 54.1 in 22 games as a reserve.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks:  Denver Nuggets will cover the spread at -1 and the game will go over 223 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Nuggets 115, Pelicans 113 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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