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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors Predictions, Odds, Picks

Nov. 5, 2021
Michael Crosson
VI Betting Expert

<p.Nationally televised NBA coverage will conclude on Friday night with a Western Conference showdown between the New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors. Coverage begins at 10:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Score Prediction

Warriors 115, Pelicans 103

Best Bets

Warriors -8

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors Predictions

After completely falling apart without Zion Williamson down the stretch last season (1-5), the Pelicans seemingly picked up right where they left off to open the new year, as New Orleans dropped five-of-six games without Zion to kick off the season – with losses in typically winnable matchups against the Hawks, Timberwolves, and Kings.

Things got much worse last weekend though, as Brandon Ingram landed on the injury report with a hip injury following the Pelicans’ narrow loss to the Kings on Saturday night (L, 113-109) – sidelining the All- Star forward for the following three games, inherently dropping New Orleans to 1-8 on the season with three more ugly losses.

On the other hand, Golden State has kicked off the new season with an impressive revenge tour, considering the Warriors boast a 6-1 record with victories over the Lakers, Clippers, and Hornets – with their only loss coming in an overtime matchup against the Grizzlies (L, 104-101).

What’s even more impressive about Golden State’s hot start, is the adequate support Steph Curry has received from his supporting cast so far – highlighted by Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, and Damion Lee all averaging 14+ PPG on 40% FG or better this season, to accompany Curry’s stellar 26.7 PPG on 42% FG.

I’ll lay the points with the Warriors here, as the Pelicans have posted three straight losses by an average margin of 10.3 PPG since Ingram’s hip injury – and we’ll probably witness a similar result on Friday night.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds

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  • Pelicans +310
  • Warriors -410
  • Pelicans +8.5 (-110)
  • Warriors -8.5 (-110)
  • Over 219.5 (-110)
  • Under 219.5 (-110)

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Southwest vs. Pacific
  • Date: Friday, November 5, 2021
  • Venue: Chase Center
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • TV-Time: ESPN - 10:00 p.m. ET

New Orleans Pelicans Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 1-8
  • ATS: 4-5
  • O/U: 2-6-1

The Pelicans appeared to be making a bit of a playoff push down the stretch of last season, as they closed out April with wins in four-of-six games – keeping things somewhat competitive in the race for the final spot in the Play-In Tournament.

New Orleans quickly hit rock-bottom in May though, as Zion suffered a season-ending foot injury that ultimately led to the Pelicans losing six of their final seven games – and missing the playoffs by a relatively wide margin.

The Pelicans’ record already stood at 1-5 before Ingram’s latest injury – and now, with two All-Stars sidelined, it’s probably downhill sledding from here.

Golden State Warriors Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 6-1
  • ATS: 4-3
  • O/U: 1-6

<p.After getting eliminated from last year’s Play-In Tournament with heartbreaking losses to Lakers (L, 103- 100) and Grizzlies (L, 117-112 OT), Golden State stormed out seeking immediate redemption to kick off the new season, as Warriors visited the STAPLES Center on opening night to face the Lakers – and cruised to a comfortable seven-point victory (W, 121-114).

Golden State’s victory on opening night seemingly wasn’t just a flash in the pan either, considering the Warriors have followed up with wins in five-of-six contests – with their only loss coming in overtime to the Grizzlies (L, 104-101 OT), which was a passionate defensive battle that they probably should’ve won.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors Head-to-Head

The Warriors won two-of-three matchups against the Pelicans last year, with both of Golden State’s wins cruising over the total set for Friday’s affair (239 PPG) – while New Orleans’ lone victory stayed comfortably under (211 PTS).

Key Players to Watch

  • NOR: Jonas Valanciunas - C (19.2 ppg, 14.1 rpg)
  • NOR: Devonte' Graham - PG (17 ppg, 5.4 apg)
  • GSW: Steph Curry - PG (26.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 6.9 apg)
  • GSW: Jordan Poole - SG (16.4 ppg, 3.6 apg)


  • NOR: Brandon Ingram - SF (Out)
  • NOR: Zion Williams - PF (Out)
  • GSW: James Wiseman - C (Out)

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Conclusion

After posting back-to-back double-digit victories over the Thunder and Hornets, the Warriors head into Friday’s contest generously favored over the visiting Pelicans – marking the tenth straight game New Orleans has been underdogs in.

I’ll lay the points with Golden State here, as New Orleans has proven far too difficult to trust with a superstar absent – and especially with two missing.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Trends

  • Golden State has covered the spread in 11 of its last 15 games.
  • Golden State has gone UNDER the point total in six straight games.
  • Golden State has won 14 of its last 15 home games when facing a team with a losing record.

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