The NBA is set up with an action packed night of basketball on March 26. Eleven games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the Denver Nuggets and the New Orleans Pelicans. These two teams have been solid throughout this season, which should lead to a good game in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Nuggets have started out this season with a record of 26-18, which has them sitting in fifth place of the Western Conference. Denver is only a half a game ahead of the Trail Blazers and two games behind the Los Angeles Lakers. The Nuggets are coming off a loss and have lost two of their last three. Denver will look to get back on track in this one.
New Orleans has put up a record of 19-24 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in eleventh place of the Western Conference. The Pelicans are two and a half games behind the Golden State Warriors for the tenth seed. New Orleans has won back to back games and will look to keep it up in this one. I expect the Pelicans to try and come out fast on Friday night.
These two teams are sitting in opposite parts of the standings in the Western Conference so far this season. New Orleans is looking to fight their way back in the playoff picture, while the Nuggets are trying to catch the limping Lakers. Both teams could use a big win in this one, which should lead to a great game on Friday night.
The Nuggets and the Pelicans have met up three times throughout this season series. New Orleans hosted the first game on October 31. Michael Porter Jr. scored 15 points off the bench, but it was not enough for Denver. Jahlil Okafor dropped 26 points and Brandon Ingram added 25 points. Frank Jackson scored 21 points off the bench as the Pelicans grabbed a 122-107 win at home.
The second game of the season series shifted to Denver on December 25. Nikola Jokic put up 23 points and 10 rebounds, but the Nuggets still came up short. Brandon Ingram scored 31 points, while Jrue Holiday added 20 points. Josh Hart finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds off the bench as New Orleans earned a 112-100 win on the road.
New Orleans hosted the third game of last season’s series on January 24. J.J. Redick scored 18 points off the bench and this time the Pelicans came up short. Nikola Jokic dropped 27 points and 12 rebounds. Torrey Craig and Michael Porter Jr. both finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds to help lift the Nuggets to a 113-106 win on the road.
The first game of this season’s series was in Denver on March 21. Nikola Jokic scored 29 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Jamal Murray finished with 23 points. It was not enough for the Nuggets though. Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson both dropped 30 points on the night. Nickeil Alexander-Walker put up 20 points as the Pelicans earned a 113-108 win.
Field Goal Shooting
Denver has been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. The Nuggets have made 48.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 4th in the league. Denver has shot 38.4 percent from behind the arc this season, which is 6th in the NBA. The Nuggets have made 78.7 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 11th in the league.
The Pelicans have also been shooting the ball well to this point in the season. New Orleans is shooting 48.6 percent from the field this season, which is 5th in the NBA. The Pelicans have been able to make 35.4 percent of their shots from deep, which is 21st in the league. New Orleans has drained 73.7 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 28th in the NBA.
The Nuggets have better shooting the ball this season and they have been slightly better on defense as well. Denver has held their opponents to a 47 percent from the field this season, which is 19th in the league. New Orleans has allowed opposing teams to make 47.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 23rd in the NBA. Both teams will look to step up on defense in this one.
Nikola Jokic has been the leader for the Nuggets throughout this season. Jokic is averaging 27 points, 11.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game. Jamal Murray has averaged 21 points per game. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 16 points and 7.5 rebounds, while Will Barton has averaged 12.5 points per game to help round out this lineup.
Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram have been the leaders throughout this season for New Orleans. Williamson has averaged 25.5 points and 7 rebounds. Ingram is averaging 24 points per game. Lonzo Ball has averaged 14 points and 5.5 assists per game. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 11.5 points per game to round out this lineup.
Denver has a bit deeper of a team, but they will likely be without Monte Morris in this one. New addition Aaron Gordon will not be able to join the team for this game either. Denver will look for some players to step up in a big way in this game. Williamson and Ingram have dominated for the Pelicans throughout this season and they will look to dominate this game as well.
The Nuggets have picked up their game down the stretch, but they have struggled a bit as of late. I think that Denver can come out strong in this one though as they look for a win. Denver has the better lineup and have shot better throughout this season. The Nuggets have lost three of their last four against New Orleans, but I think they will grab an important win in this one.
BetOnline has Denver listed as a -2 against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Nuggets on the road in this one. This line seems right to me as Denver has been the better team throughout this season. I think that the Nuggets will come out strong in this one on Friday night as they look to finish the season strong. I really like the value on Denver in this one as slight favorites.