Cousins Back For Pelicans, But Spurs Still Will Cover

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Friday, March 3, 2017 3:55 PM GMT

The biggest move at the NBA trade deadline happened in New Orleans with the Pelicans picking up DeMarcus Cousins. The Pelicans have yet to win with him in the lineup -- and our handicapper doesn't believe that will happen Friday vs. San Antonio. 

San Antonio Spurs

For a while, San Antonio had its in beating New Orleans five straight times in NBA betting, but in January the Spurs lost in New Orleans 119-103. Recently, though, San Antonio is starting to pick things up on the defensive end, and I think New Orleans might have some trouble scoring tonight. Currently the Spurs are allowing just 98.3 points per game, which ranks them second in the NBA. They also rank in the top five in most defensive statistics, highlighted by ranking third in opponent effective field-goal percentage, opponent shooting efficiency and opponent three-point and two point percentage.

On the other side of the ball, the Spurs just as deadly in ranking first in the NBA shooting 39.8% from beyond the arc and fourth in the league in both shooting efficiency and overall shooting percentage. I believe the Spurs get their revenge tonight against this new-look New Orleans team.

New Orleans Pelicans

After sitting out the last game due to suspension, DeMarcus Cousins will be back tonight for New Orleans, which is 0-3 with him in the lineup but blew out Detroit on Wednesday without him. Although I believe Cousins' addition will reap some benefits in the near future, think this is a tough spot for the Pelicans to get a win against one of the league's best teams.

New Orleans has been a lot more focused on the defensive end this season and it has some decent statistics in ranking sixth and seventh in the NBA in opponent shooting efficiency and opponent field-goal percentage, respectively. Surprisingly on the other side of the ball, the Pelicans have struggled at times to put the ball in the hoop shooting just 44.6% from the field and only 48.7% on their two-point shots -- ranking them 22nd and 25th in the league, respectively. It is going to be interesting to see how Coach Alvin Gentry meshes Anthony Davis and Cousins going forward, but tonight with both of them in the lineup I believe they will struggle again.

For my NBA pick, look for a low-scoring affair in which San Antonio wins by around double digits.

NBA Free Pick: Spurs -6

Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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