New Orleans Pelicans: Betting guide vs. Indiana Pacers

The New Orleans Pelicans are looking for their 10th win of the season as they host the Indiana Pacers in the first game since Christmas Day.

The last time we saw the New Orleans Pelicans they gave the fans a perfect gift to end Christmas Day and that was with a meaningful win over the Denver Nuggets.

This season has been a disaster for the New Orleans Pelicans thus far and it is safe to say that many expected a blowout loss on Christmas to the superior Nuggets. However, the Pelicans surprised everyone with a 12-point win, which was yet again led by Brandon Ingram.

Not everything is great for the Pelicans, though. Having the team play in this primetime slot reminded us why the team was there in the first place — because of all of the anticipation prior to the season, in large part due to Zion Williamson, who has not yet played an NBA game.

Zion has been out longer than his expected return time, but on the positive side of things, it does look like he is going to play this season and it could come in the next few weeks. Perhaps this Christmas win is the first of several great things to go the Pelicans’ way.

The next great thing that the team can accomplish is to finally get in the double-digits in wins. The Pelicans are 9-23 heading into their Saturday night matchup against the Indiana Pacers and would make the Golden State Warriors the last team in the Western Conference to reach 10 wins.

The Pacers have been surprisingly good this season without Victor Oladipo, currently sitting sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 21-11 record. Despite this, likely because of the Pelicans being at home, the Pelicans are one-point favorites in this game, according to the Action Network.

Against the spread prediction (15-14-2): Indiana Pacers +1

I would love to pick the New Orleans Pelicans in this game but I cannot pick the team when they are only one-point favorites in this game. This could only hurt the Pelicans, as a tie is not possible and if they win by one point then it would be a push, rather than a win.

Either way, the Pacers are the better team this season and even with Malcolm Brogdon not playing in this game, it is hard for me to pick against the better team with such a small spread.

I think that Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner are going to have a huge game against a Pelicans team that is lacking prowess down low and will narrowly edge the Pelicans.