This game will certainly feature a playoff atmosphere as New Orleans is currently breathing down Golden State’s neck for a play-in spot. With the two teams being separated by three games with just eight to play, a Monday night head-to-head battle on ESPN could make all of the difference.
Here’s how sportsbooks have set the opening Warriors-Pelicans odds.
NBA Odds: Warriors-Pelicans Odds
Golden State Warriors +2 (-110)
New Orleans Pelicans -2 (-110)
Over 236.5 Points (-110)
Under 236.5 Points (-110)
Why The Warriors Could Cover The Spread
The Golden State Warriors have hit a few road bumps of late and will be looking to string together multiple wins down the stretch to secure a spot in the Play-In Tournament. The Warriors are currently ninth in the Western Conference standings and have two clubs within striking distance. The San Antonio Spurs and the Pelicans are a half-game and three games back of Golden State, respectively. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green understand the importance of winning every game now as the season quickly closes out.
Golden State had a big bounce-back win against the Houston Rockets in its last game. The impressive all-around performance by Steve Kerr’s bunch was exciting to watch. Curry led the way with 30 points in seven made three’s. Andrew Wiggins added 20 points of his own and Draymond came close to a triple-double with nine points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists in the win. Draymond’s importance can’t be overlooked as he is among the league leaders in assists and facilitates for a young team full of talented scorers. The Warriors will look to continue their dominance against the Pelicans as they’re 16-4 in their last 20 head-to-head matchups.
Why The Pelicans Could Cover The Spread
The New Orleans Pelicans are roaring back in the Western Conference and now sit just 2.5 games away from a Play-In Tournament spot coming into this crucial affair. If they surpass San Antonio in the standings, this would be the first play-in matchup with the loser going home. This is without a doubt the biggest game of New Orlean’s season this far. The Pelicans are coming off of a solid week that was capped off by an exciting overtime win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The road win was especially impressive because the Minnesota Timberwolves have looked like a dominant team since getting D’Angelo Russell back. Zion Williamson’s near triple-double catapulted his team past the Wolves, which snapped their four-game winning streak. Lonzo Ball had a career night in the win with 33 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, and three steals. With four other Pelicans scoring in double figures, New Orleans is finally playing like a well-rounded unit, which can be a scary thought for the rest of the west with the talent that this team possesses.
Final Warriors-Pelicans Prediction & Pick
I love this Golden State Warriors team and will certainly be rooting for them to make the postseason and hopefully make some noise. The way that Steph and Draymond are leading this club is noble, to say the least. Unfortunately, that won’t be enough in this game. New Orleans is surging right now and you know that the pressure is on for them to make a run into the postseason. Zion, Lonzo, BI, and Bledsoe will be too much for the Warriors to handle. The Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last six games and will add another cover to the collection in this crucial battle with the Warriors in NOLA.
FINAL PICK: New Orleans Pelicans -2 (-110)