The NBA is set up with another strong slate of basketball throughout March 26. Eight games are up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these games will be between the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 5:00 PM Eastern time.
San Antonio has earned a record of 29-44 throughout this season, which has them sitting in eleventh place of the Western Conference. The Spurs have won two straight games and three of their last four. San Antonio is two games out of a play-in spot in the West. The Spurs will look to close that gap further with a big win on the road.
The Pelicans have put up a record of 31-42 so far this season, which has them sitting in ninth place of the Western Conference. New Orleans is coming off a win in their last game and have won four of their last six. The Pelicans are four and a half games back on the eighth spot. New Orleans will look to get closer to locking in a playoff spot with a big win.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Spurs have been picking up their play recently and will look to keep it going. New Orleans has also been strong as of late and will look to carry that momentum into this home game. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|San Antonio Spurs||+4 (-105)||–||Over 235 ½ (-110)|
|New Orleans Pelicans||-4 (-115)||–||Under 235 ½ (-110)|
|Team Data||San Antonio Spurs||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Away/ Home Record||15-21||17-20|
|PPG Away/ Home||112.1||111.2|
|PAPG Away/ Home||111.9||110.1|
San Antonio Spurs
- 36-36 ATS this season
- 22-25 ATS as an underdog
- 20-15 ATS in road games
- 4-7 ATS in March
- 5-5 ATS on Saturday
- 6-4 ATS when playing on two days rest
- 6-6 ATS against divisional opponents
- 6-6 ATS after allowing 100 points or less
- 7-8 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
- 5-4 ATS after scoring 130 points or more
- 14-16 ATS against team with a losing record
New Orleans Pelicans
- 38-35 ATS this season
- 11-6 ATS as a favorite
- 20-17 ATS in home games
- 7-5 ATS in March
- 3-6 ATS on Saturday
- 6-8 ATS against divisional opponents
- 15-14 ATS after a non-Conference game
- 9-10 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
- 12-13 ATS against team with a losing record
These two teams have met up three times throughout this season. Derrick White and Jakob Poeltl both scored 24 points in the first meeting as the Spurs earned a 112-97 win. Dejounte Murray dropped 31 points and 12 assists as San Antonio earned a 124-114 in the second game. C.J. McCollum put up 20 points in the third matchup as the Pelicans grabbed a 124-91 win on the road.
Early one tonight!
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) March 26, 2022
Field Goal Shooting
The Spurs have been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. San Antonio has made 46.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 12th in the league. The Spurs have shot 35.2 percent of their shots from deep, which is 16th in the NBA. San Antonio has sunk 74.8 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 25th in the league.
New Orleans has struggled shooting the ball so far this season. The Pelicans have been shooting 45.5 percent from the field, which is 21st in the NBA. New Orleans has made 33.3 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 27th in the league. The Pelicans have drained 78.9 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 10th in the NBA.
San Antonio has been the better team shooting the ball this season and both teams have been similar on defense. The Spurs have allowed opposing teams to shoot 46.9 percent from the field, which is 23rd in the NBA. The Pelicans have held their opponents to a 46.7 percent from the field, which is 21st in the league. Both teams will look for their defenses to step up in this one.
Dejounte Murray has been the leader for the Spurs throughout this season. Murray is averaging 20.9 points, 9.3 assists and 8.3 rebounds per game. Keldon Johnson has averaged 16.4 points per game. Jakob Poeltl is averaging 13.5 points and 9.2 rebounds, while Devin Vassell has averaged 11.9 points per game. Josh Richardson rounds out the lineup, averaging 10 points per game.
C.J. McCollum has been strong since joining the Pelicans. McCollum has averaged 26.1 points and 6.6 assists per game. Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.8 points, while Jonas Valanciunas has averaged 18.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Devonte’ Graham has averaged 12.6 points per game to round out the lineup.
Both teams have had solid starting lineups this season and will look to grab a big win in this one. San Antonio is missing Doug McDermott for the season and Lonnie Walker IV is listed as questionable. Ingram is listed as questionable for New Orleans in this one as well. Both teams will look for some players to step up early in this one.
These two teams are in the middle the race for the play-in spot in the Western Conference. The Pelicans have a comfortable lead for now, but a loss in this one could close the gap to one game. New Orleans has dropped two of the first three games to San Antonio, but I think they can bounce back in this one. If the Pelicans can come out fast at home, I like their chances to earn the win.
BetOnline has New Orleans listed as a -4 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Pelicans at home. I agree with this line as New Orleans has been the better overall team this season. If the Pelicans can come out fast, I think they can get their home fans into it and dominate. As slight favorites, I like the value on New Orleans.