Four straight losses have followed four wins in a row to start the year for the Pelicans, as they have taken a bit of a downhill turn. Without Anthony Davis healthy, they have dropped all of these games, and they really need to be healthy to be effective. Starting Jahlil Okafor is not the recipe to beat anybody except for kids on the playground.
San Antonio, on the other hand, is looking fantastic, led by the newly acquired DeMar DeRozan. Despite their top three point guards all being out, they are playing at a high level, and Coach Pop is getting effective play from everybody who sees the floor.
Pelicans at Spurs odds:
Spread: SAS -5.5
Pelicans at Spurs stats:
This team will go as Anthony Davis does, and the brow is averaging 25 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and three blocks per game when healthy. Without him, they are 0-3. Nikola Mirotic is not far behind with 22.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, playing the best call of his career. Julius Randle is averaging 18.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as the third big in the rotation, talk about impressive. Jrue Holiday is posting 17 points and eight assists per game, and they’ll need those numbers from him tonight, as he goes against DeRozan.
Man, what a year it has been for DeMar DeRozan here in is first season playing for San Antonio. He’s averaging a line of 28-6-7, with 1.29 steals and only averaging two turnovers per game in 37 minutes. He’s also shooting 52% from the floor and 87% from the line. LaMarcus Aldridge is posting 20.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game with 1.29 blocks. His jumpers have continued to fall. Bryn Forbes, Marco Belinelli, and Rudy Gay are all averaging in double figures, but it stops there.
Pelicans at Spurs news:
We’re going to continue to see NO in the news while they are injured. Anthony Davis has had a long injury history, which still never seems like a discussion topic by analysts or media members. It’s a big deal. The impressive play of Julius Randle, who left LA to come here, continues to be a feel-good story as he keeps doing what he does.
For San Antonio, it is the 5-2 start, and despite all the roster turnover and loss of long-time vets, they keep playing competitive basketball. Pop has a great group of guys, and he’s even getting good minutes from Quincy Pondexter. He’s found good use for Dante Cunningham as a defensive-minded starter.
Pelicans at Spurs predictions:
Expecting AD to play, New Orleans is going to keep this close until the end. If he is out, they will lose, mark that down immediately. Mirotic will have another 20-10 game.
DeRozan will lead the Spurs to victory regardless, and they will cover the 5.5-point spread with his 30 points and 10+ assists. Bet the Spurs -5.5.