Pelicans vs. Wizards prediction, odds, pick and more – 11/15/21
The NBA regular season will continue on Monday. The New Orleans Pelicans will travel and take on the Washington Wizards. It’s time to continue our NBA odds series and make a Pelicans-Wizards prediction and pick.
These two teams have been having very different seasons. The Pelicans are 2-12 having won their second game of the season on Saturday. The Wizards are 9-3 and have won their last four games. This should be an interesting match up.
Here are the odds for the Pelicans-Wizards Monday night NBA matchup, courtesy of FanDuel.
NBA Odds: Pelicans-Wizards Odds
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New Orleans Pelicans: +4.5 (-110)
Washington Wizards: -4.5 (-110)
Over: 211 (-110)
Under: 211 (-110)
Why The Pelicans Could Cover The Spread
The New Orleans Pelicans have not been having a good season. They have been plagued with injuries that have cost them wins. New Orleans was able to secure their second win of the season against Memphis. It is no coincidence that this coincided with the return of Brandon Ingram. Now that the Pelicans are starting to get healthy they should begin to be somewhat competitive. Ingram’s volume is still getting ramped up, but expect New Orleans to come out aggressive trying to steal a win on the road.
Leading the way for New Orleans is Brandon Ingram. BI is finally back! After a seven game absence the New Orleans forward has returned and already made an impact. Ingram dropped 19 points in their win against the Grizzlies. This team is so much better when Ingram plays and he will likely have a tremendous impact on their match against the Wizards. He is like a mini KD, Ingram is tough to match up against and can score from anywhere on the court. If Ingram ups his game on Monday night the Pelicans could get the win.
A bright spot for this New Orleans team has been Jonas Valanciunas. The big man has been an extremely important part of this New Orleans team. Valanciunas is averaging nearly 20 points and over 13 rebounds a game. He impacts games down low and helps put this New Orleans team in a position to compete. By winning the battle in the paint, New Orleans is able to do much more offensively. If Valanciunas can continue to dominate then the Pelicans will be able to make this game very competitive.
Why The Wizards Could Cover The Spread
The Washington Wizards are one of the hottest teams in basketball. They are coming off four wins and will look to extend that streak on Monday. Washington took down the Magic on Saturday, winning by 12. If the Wizards can keep on doing what they’ve been doing then they should have no problem with the Pelicans. The return of BI has to be of some concern to Washington, but if they come into this game ready they should be able to take care of business at home.
With Bradley Beal out, the leader of this Wizards team becomes Spencer Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie is coming off a 23 point and 11 rebound game and will look to carry that momentum into this match. The veteran guard has proven that he can still ball and will play a big part in this game. If Dinwiddie can get going then this whole team should be able to come together and get a win. The Wizards play some of the best team basketball in the NBA. The balance in Washington makes them tough to match up against and Dinwiddie will look to use this to their advantage.
Another bright spot for this Wizards team has been Montrezl Harrell. The acquisition of Harrell in this past offseason has proven to be a great move. The big man is averaging over 18 points and 9 rebounds a game. He is a crucial contributor to this team and is one of their best role players. If Harrell can maintain this level of play then the Wizards should be able to get this win. Playing without Beal will be tough, but Washington has already shown that they have what it takes to win without their star.
Final Pelicans-Wizards Prediction & Pick
This is not an easy decision. The return of Brandon Ingram significantly improves the Pelicans. While the absence of Bradley Beal is a big hit to the Wizards. Given the circumstances New Orleans is actually the better pick. While it’s not a winning play to bet against momentum, the Pelicans are finally returning to somewhat full health and the Wizards are playing without their star. Washington is still more than capable of covering, but the correct pick is the Pelicans. Pick New Orleans to cover.
FINAL PELICANS-WIZARDS PICK: New Orleans Pelicans +4.5 (-110)
FINAL PELICANS-WIZARDS SCORE PREDICTION: Pelicans 101 – Wizards 99