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Apr 13, 2022

San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans Predictions, Picks, Odds

The Western Conference Play-In Tournament will resume on Wednesday night with a compelling elimination game between the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans. Coverage begins from Smoothie King Center in New Orleans at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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Score Prediction

Pelicans 112, Spurs 106

Best Bets

Under 228 (-110) at DraftKings

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San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans Predictions

After finishing 11th in the West with a record of 31-41 SU last year, New Orleans briefly sustained that same dreadful pace with another lackluster start to this season, as the Pelicans opened with a frustrating 14-26 SU and 18-22 ATS skid – with 16 of those SU losses coming by 10+ PTS.

However, New Orleans has played decent basketball since the trade deadline, considering the Pelicans enter the Play-In Tournament riding a surprisingly solid 22-20 SU and 23-18-1 ATS stretch – while scoring 116.2 OPPG and allowing just 109.9 DPPG during that timeframe.

On the other hand, San Antonio stumbled out to a surprisingly poor start to the season, as the Spurs opened with a head-scratching 24-40 SU and 32-31-1 ATS skid – while surrendering roughly 113 DPPG to their opponents across that window.

The Spurs played excellent down the homestretch though, considering San Antonio closed out the regular season with an impressive 10-8 SU and 11-7 ATS run – while generating 114.3 OPPG and allowing 112.3 DPPG during that timeframe.

I’ll take the under here, as the Pelicans closed out the regular season with a bumpy 6-5 SU and ATS stretch, while tallying 114.3 OPPG and allowing just 111.1 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a hard-fought defensive battle against a Spurs squad that’s surrendering 106.6 DPPG across their latest 7-4 SU, 10-1 ATS run.

San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans Betting Odds

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San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Southwest
  • Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
  • Venue: Smoothie King Center
  • Location: New Orleans, LA
  • TV-Time: ESPN - 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

San Antonio Spurs Betting Analysis

  • SU: 34-47
  • ATS: 43-37-1
  • O/U: 38-41

After finishing tenth in the West with a record of 33-39 SU last year, San Antonio briefly kept that same ball rolling with a similarly frustrating start to this season, as the Spurs opened with a lackluster 24-40 SU and 32-31-1 ATS skid – despite getting tagged as underdogs in 43 of those matchups.

However, San Antonio has played excellent since the opening days of March, considering San Antonio boasts records of 10-7 SU and 11-6 ATS across their last 17 games – while scoring 114.3 OPPG and allowing just 112.3 DPPG during that timeframe.

New Orleans Pelicans Betting Analysis

  • SU: 36-45
  • ATS: 41-39-1
  • O/U: 31-48

After last year’s disappointing 31-41 SU showing, New Orleans initially retained its low expectations with another underwhelming start to this season, as the Pelicans kicked things off with a frustrating 14-26 SU skid – with more than half of those losses coming by double-digits (16).

New Orleans completely turned things around on defense down the stretch thoughconsidering the Pelicans enter the Play-In Tournament riding a sturdy 22-19 SU and 23-17-1 ATS stretch – while surrendering just 109.9 DPPG to their opponents across that window.

The Pelicans are 5-3 ATS in their last eight games. (Getty Images)

San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans Head-to-Head

The Spurs won two-of-three regular-season matchups against New Orleans last year, with all three contests staying under the total at an average of 214 PPG. The Spurs also went 3-1 SU against New Orleans this season, with three of those matchups staying under the total at an average of 211.3 PPG – while one affair cruised over with a score of 124-114 (O 230).

Key Players to Watch

  • SAS: Dejounte Murray - PG (21.2 PPG, 8.4 REB, 9.3 AST)
  • SAS: Jakob Poeltl - C (13.5 PPG, 9.3 REB, 1.7 BLK)
  • NOP: Brandon Ingram - SF (22.7 PPG, 5.8 REB, 5.6 AST)
  • NOP: CJ McCollum - SG (22.5 PPG, 4.4 REB, 5.1 AST)

San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans Betting Conclusion

After extending their losing streak to three games with a loss to the Mavericks on the final day of the regular season, the Spurs hit the road for Wednesday’s elimination game as relatively steep underdogs against the Pelicans at Smoothie King Center – marking the eighth time San Antonio has been an underdog across their last 12 games.

I’ll take the under here, as the Spurs closed out the regular season with an impressive 7-4 SU and 10-1 ATS run, while tallying 115.8 OPPG and allowing just 106.6 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a low-scoring, win-or-go-home game against a Pelicans squad that’s surrendered 109 PTS or less in seven of their last 11 contests (111.1 DPPG).

San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends

  • The Spurs are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games.
  • The Pelicans are 5-3 ATS in their last eight games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the last 12 Spurs' games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the last nine Pelicans' games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the last eight matchups between the Pelicans and Spurs.
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