New Orleans Pelicans vs Golden State Warriors
New name, same old story for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Anthony Davis looks like an NBA All Star, Jrue Holiday doesn’t, and the team-that-was-the-Hornets are off to a 6-7 start that once more suggests they’ll be also-rans in the Western Conference.
But, if nothing else, they’re making the Big Easy into more of a difficult place to come. And with the out-of-sorts Golden State Warriors coming to town on Tuesday, the Pelicans will be seeking a sixth victory in eight home games this term, and their fourth in succession on their own court.
That entire run has come against sub-.500 opponents and, Memphis aside, New Orleans hasn’t defeated anyone of note. And they’ve wasted what has been a comparatively easy opening spell behind the improved Davis, who is putting up 19.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. But his team-mates are largely defensive liabilities, something which the Warriors will hope to exploit.
However Golden State, already without the injured Andre Iguodala, will be missing Andrew Bogut through suspension, affording Davis even more leeway to push up his scoring inside against David Lee. And that could tip the balance in favour of the hosts, who are a generous 2.25 for victory, even if their medium-term potential looks grim.
Atlanta Hawks vs Orlando Magic
It’s the same story for the Orlando Magic, who have dropped seven of their last eight, and it promises to get worse when they visit the Atlanta Hawks tonight. Jeff Teague had 19 points and was a bundle of energy when the Hawks won 104-94 over Orlando earlier this month.
And although they come off a surprise loss to Boston, take the Hawks on a handicap of -8.5 at 1.94 or look under the total points line of 198.5.
Best bet: Back New Orleans to win over Golden State at 2.25.