NBA Picks Pelicans vs. Warriors

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 3:57 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 3:57 PM UTC

The Warriors have been pretty disappointing so far this season and could really use a win tonight against the Pelicans. Will they get the job done landing a spot in our NBA picks?

Odds Overview

If you check out the live NBA betting odds you'll find Golden State favored by eight points at most sportsbooks. The Warriors are 13-12 SU and 10-13-2 ATS, while the Pelicans are 11-11 SU and 9-12-1 ATS. 

For those interested in a total play, the O/U can be found at 207, with 206.5 also available at certain sites.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans are trying to weather the storm without Anthony Davis, who's out until at least early January with a fractured hand. Tyreke Evans (ankle) is also banged up, but there's a chance he could return to the fold tonight.

New Orleans has been pretty good as of late, going 5-3 SU and ATS over their past nine. They've beaten the likes of Chicago, New York and Philadelphia on the road and then also overcame Memphis and Detroit at home.

Two nights ago though the Pelicans lost 102-93 in Denver as 7.5-point underdogs in the NBA odds. They were dominated on the glass and shot 43.5 percent from the floor overall and 29.2 percent from three.

Ryan Anderson continued to light it up, scoring 26 points on 10-of-21 shooting while adding six rebounds and two steals. Jrue Holiday had 12 points, seven assists and four boards, while Austin Rivers came off the bench to score 17 points.

With the loss, the Pelicans moved to 11-11, which puts them in fourth in the Southwest Division behind San Antonio, Houston and Dallas. The Pelicans enter tonight's game with a 4-6 SU (and ATS) record. 

Golden State Warriors

After a mighty impressive season last year, expectations were high for the Warriors coming into the 2013/14 season.

Needless to say, the results haven't lived up so far. Golden State is third in the Pacific behind the LA Clippers and even Phoenix, with the Lakers on their tail as well.

The Warriors, losers of three of their last four, have been off since Sunday's 106-102 loss to the Suns on the road. Despite hitting 50 percent (11-of-22) from three, Golden State was poor defensively and couldn't stop the backcourt tandem of Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic.

For the Warriors, Stephen Curry tried to carry once again. He finished with 30 points (8-of-17 FG) to go along with seven assists, six rebounds and three steals, with turnovers (six) being the only negative part of his performance. David Lee and Andrew Bogut were solid in the post, totaling 27 points and 27 rebounds between them.

You can tell the Warriors are really missing Andre Iguodala out there. The versatile former Nugget helps out in a lot of different ways and Harrison Barnes just hasn't been able to fill his shoes completely.

NBA Pick

We like the Warriors to get a much-needed win while also covering the large number tonight.

When these teams met back in November, Golden State won by a point on the road. All five Warriors starters hit double figures, led by Thompson with 22 pints, eight assists and five rebounds. The Pelicans were paced by Ryan Anderson's 21 points and 12 boards.

One important note: New Orleans had the services of Anthony Davis back then, so that's a significant part of the rotation that will be missing tonight.

Mark Jackson can't be happy with how his team's been playing lately and we think the Warriors will come out hot at home. With our NBA picks, we're taking Golden State.

Pick: Golden State Warriors -8


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