The New Orleans Pelicans have lost eight games in a row and are looking to break the streak at home against the Detroit Pistons on Monday.
This has been a really tough run for the New Orleans Pelicans. After a promising, but short, winning streak the Pelicans have dropped eight games in a row and in the process have seemingly taken themselves out of the playoffs in December.
Yes, the team could get hot and could make the playoffs but based on how they are playing and how long this bad start has extended, the chances now are slim to none. The promising playoff hopefuls that we all were excited for will be a lottery staple once more.
The ugliest of the Pelicans’ eight losses in a row came on Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks. After getting blown out against the Mavericks two games prior, the Pelicans could not get their revenge and were yet again blown out, losing 130-84.
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The 36-point defeat was the worst in franchise history, a perfectly ironic stamp on a Pelicans team that has been nothing but disappointing thus far this season.
Luckily for New Orleans and the fans that have had to endure this, the Pelicans get an easier challenge on Monday against the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons are 9-14 this season and give the Pelicans the best chance of breaking the losing streak in the immediate future.
After Detroit, the Pelicans have to play the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, so there is a pretty good chance that the losing streak will reach 11 games without a win on Monday.
The Pelicans are actually the favorites in Vegas, one point favorites that is — courtesy of the Action Network.
Against the spread prediction (Record: 9-11-1): Detroit Pistons +1
I am actually riding a three-game winning streak in this series because I vowed to bet against the New Orleans Pelicans in every single game until they snapped the losing streak. And while they have a decent chance to snap it on Monday, I have to honor my strategy.
Plus, the Detroit Pistons are a nightmare matchup for the Pelicans, who are lacking in size. With Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond both healthy the Pistons should be able to feed the ball into the post and bully the Pelicans near the rim.
It is not even like the Pelicans can rain threes on the Pistons and win that way, either. The Pistons rank first in the NBA in three-point percentage, so while the Pistons don’t take a lot of threes, they can make them when they need them.
With this being a one-point spread it is pretty much a straight-up pick that can push if the New Orleans Pelicans win by one.