New Orleans Pelicans (22-15) vs. Denver Nuggets (26-12)
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets 1/12/24 – In the realm of the NBA, some matchups stand out more than others, and the upcoming clash between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Denver Nuggets is no exception. Slated for Friday, this encounter promises to be a riveting showdown, as it pits two formidable teams against each other. The game, set to unfold at the Ball Arena at 10:00 PM ET, is not just another regular season game but a premium game tip for fans and analysts alike, offering a glimpse into the potential playoff dynamics. Televised on ESPN, this game is a must-watch for every basketball enthusiast.
The Pelicans have displayed outstanding success this season. Averaging an average of 115.8 points per game, their offensive strategy seems focused on high-scoring plays backed by their 48.4% field goal percentage and 37.9% three-point success rate; 44.5 rebounds per game on defense indicate their ability to control game pace; however their turnover rate of 13 per game could provide Denver an avenue of attack.
On the other hand, Denver Nuggets have been more efficient, especially in scoring, with an average of 116.1 points per game and an impressive field goal percentage of 49.5% demonstrating their ability to make shots efficiently and make good plays. Their 29.7 assists per game are further evidence of this fact while their slightly lower three-point percentage (37.2%) and higher turnover average (11.4) could pose some concern.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets 1/12/24 Game Info
|Friday, January 12, 2024, at 10:00 PM ET
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Brandon Ingram (SF) vs. Nikola Jokic (C)
Brandon Ingram has emerged as an integral piece of the Pelicans this season, starting all 34 games and averaging 22.3 points and 5.5 assists per contest despite posting limited steals or blocks statistics.
Nikola Jokic has proven his worth to the Nuggets over 37 games, not only averaging 25.5 points per game but also excelling as a playmaker by dishing out 9.2 assists per game and boasting an outstanding 11.8 rebounding average and superior assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.4, making him an efficient and versatile center.
On-court collision between these key players will likely feature Ingram’s scoring finesse pitted against Jokic’s comprehensive skill set. While Jokic may boast superior scoring, assisting and rebounding abilities for Denver, Ingram remains a reliable contributor in scoring and assists ensuring an intriguing matchup!
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds are yet to be determined, but based on current performance and standings, the Nuggets might have a slight edge. Bettors should keep an eye on the spread and moneyline as they are announced and consider the teams’ recent performance and head-to-head history when placing bets.
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
The Pelicans have had a good run recently, compiling a 4-1 record in their last five games and boasting an impressive 9-7 mark against the spread overall; although road games had some inconsistency. Their total has also gone over frequently during these matches indicating high scoring games from their side.
Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Nuggets have posted an inconsistency, showing a 3-2 record over their last 5 games and failing to cover the spread in most contests despite going over in many of them. Their road record against the spread (7-9) could pose some bettors with some concern but, nonetheless, multiple total games have gone over, suggesting high scoring contests for this team.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets 1/12/24 Betting Picks
Considering the recent form and the head-to-head statistics, this game is likely to be closely contested. The Nuggets, with their slightly better overall record and impressive home performance, could be the safer bet, especially if the spread is reasonable. However, the Pelicans’ recent form cannot be overlooked, making them a potential upset pick.
In terms of betting, focusing on the total points might be a wise choice, as both teams have shown tendencies to be involved in high-scoring games. The key matchup between Ingram and Jokic will be critical, but the Nuggets’ overall team depth and home advantage could tilt the scales in their favor. Incorporate these free basketball predictions into your betting strategy, but remember, in a game as evenly matched as this, surprises are always possible.
Free Pick and Prediction: Denver Nuggets 118, New Orleans Pelican 114.