Washington Wizards vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Wizards vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction 2/14/2024

The Washington Wizards (9-44) travel to face off against the New Orleans Pelicans (32-22) on Wednesday, February 14th. This game will be played at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans and televised on BSNO. The Pelicans are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Wizards are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Grizzlies. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.

Wizards vs Pelicans

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The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

The Wizards were defeated by the Mavericks in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 112-104. The Wizards may have lost the game outright, but they did succeed in covering the spread as +11.5 point underdogs. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 216 points ended up below the over/under line of 247.5.

Heading into their game against the Pelicans, the Wizards are 9-44 overall and are looking to snap their seven game losing streak. In the Eastern Conference, the Wizards are in 14th place and are 5th in the Southeast division.

So far, Washington’s ATS record is below .500 at 25-27. The Wizards have experienced a three game ATS loss streak as favorites, and they are 25-24 vs. the spread when they are underdogs.

The Pelicans Are Coming Off A Win

Herbert Jones led New Orleans with 17 points against the Grizzlies, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 41% in the game. As the Pelicans secured the victory with a final score of 96-87, Brandon Ingram also chipped in with 16 points.

With an overall record of 32-22, the Pelicans are looking to extend their two game winning streak in today’s game. In the Western Conference, the Pelicans are in 6th place and are currently 1st in the Southwest division.

Against the spread, New Orleans are currently above .500, at 30-24 ATS. The Pelicans currently have a three game ATS win streak as the underdog and are 15-15 vs. the spread as the favorite.

Wizards Offense Breakdown

The Wizards come into today’s game as the 17th ranked scoring offense at 114.6 points per game.

This season, the Wizards are one of the top teams in terms of pace, averaging 102.6 possessions per game. In terms of scoring, they are 17th in the league at 114.6 points per game. However, they have struggled to maintain their scoring average recently, scoring below their average in two straight games.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Wizards are 27th in the league in three-point percentage at 34%. They are also 20th in made threes at 12 per game. Overall, Washington has made 47% of their shots this season, which is 17th in the league.

Interestingly, the Wizards have been more efficient on two-point attempts than three-point attempts. They are 13th in the league in two-point shooting percentage at 55%. In terms of free throws, Washington is 23rd in the league in both attempts and makes.

Pelicans Offense Breakdown

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Through 54 games the Pelicans are averaging 116.1 points per contest, placing them 14th in the NBA.

When playing at home, the Pelicans are averaging 117 points per game, which is 15th in the NBA. Overall, they are 14th in the league with 116.1 points per game.

From beyond the arc, New Orleans is 9th in three-point shooting percentage at 37%. In terms of three-point attempts, they are 23rd in the NBA.

So far this season, the Pelicans have outscored the NBA average in 51.9% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 19th in the league.

Wizards Team Defense

So far, the Wizards’ defense is ranked 29th in the league at 123.7 points per contest. The Washington defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.8% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 49.7% of their field goal attempts vs. Washington.

Pelicans Team Defense

Coming into the game, the Pelicans defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 35.2% of their games. Currently, they are 8th in the NBA at 112.0 points per game allowed. The Pelicans defense is coming off a game in which they held the Grizzlies offense to just 41% shooting. Overall, they gave up 87 points to Memphis.

Key Players For The Wizards And Pelicans

The outlook for today’s matchup points to Kyle Kuzma as the primary point contributor for the Wizards, finishing with 21 points while maintaining a 8/18 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 21.8 points per game along with 6.3 boards.

On the other side, Brandon Ingram is our projected leading scorer for the Pelicans. We have him ending the game with a team-high 22 and grabbing 5 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 49.1% and is averaging 21.5 points per contest.

Wizards vs Pelicans Trends

  • When looking at their past five road matchups, Washington has an ATS record of 5-0 while averaging 115 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
  • In their last five games at home, the Pelicans have a straight up record of 4-1 while going 2-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 108 points per game in these contests.
  • Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Washington has an ATS mark of 5-4-1 while going 2-8 straight up.
  • Although the Pelicans have a strong straight up record in their last three games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the spread going 1-2.

Wizards vs Pelicans Prediction

For today’s matchup we are recommending to take the Pelicans to secure the win, with an expected final score of 132-112. When it comes to the spread, we believe they’ll cover at -12.5.

As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 234.5 and our model has the Wizards and Pelicans finishing with a combined 244 points. Our pick is to take the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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