The 1-5 New Orleans Pelicans are back on the road as they take on a 2-3 Brooklyn Nets team that has underperformed thus far.
The New Orleans Pelicans have not gotten off to the start that fans hoped for heading into the season, but neither have the Brooklyn Nets. However, it is has been much worst for the Pelicans, who squandered a great preseason with an awful start.
The Nets are underperforming with a 2-3 record, the Pelicans are underperforming with a 1-5 record. This is after going undefeated in the preseason and seemingly living up to all of their potential.
The season first started to go haywire with Zion Williamson‘s surgery on his right knee that is set to keep him out for 6-8 weeks. The train continued rolling downhill with the team’s win-loss record as they continued to lose close game after close game.
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The season got even worse on Saturday when the team lost 115-104 to the Oklahoma City Thunder and lost Brandon Ingram in the process. The good news is that Ingram was cleared to play on Monday against the Brooklyn Nets.
My betting record on the Pelicans against the spread has been just as disappointing as the Pelicans’ performance this year, in large part because I keep trusting the team.
My record this year against the spread is 2-4, with only one of the wins coming in a game where I bet on the Pelicans. Monday’s game is not giving us much help in terms of a point spread, either.
According to the Action Network, the New Orleans Pelicans have even odds against the Brooklyn Nets. No gimmicks, no points. We have to pick who we think is going to win the game outright and don’t have to worry about either team winning the game and not covering the spread.
And based on my performance along with the Pelicans’ performance, I have to go with the Brooklyn Nets. Even with the best scorer back on the roster in Brandon Ingram, I just cannot trust the Pelicans to go into Brooklyn on the road and get the victory.
The Brooklyn Nets do have a poor defense, ranked 26th in the league in points allowed per game, which is a good sign for Ingram and company to push the tempo and have a scoring outburst similar to the outburst they had against the Denver Nuggets.
However, three spots behind the Nets in the points allowed per game ranking are the Pelicans, who have allowed 122.5 points per game to be the second-worst defense in the NBA. On paper, the backcourt defense with Lonzo Ball and Jrue Holiday is solid, but Kyrie Irving will likely still have a big day.
I see the Brooklyn Nets outlasting the New Orleans Pelicans in an offensive slugfest where Kyrie Irving is the difference in the outcome.