The New Orleans Pelicans head west to Denver to take on the Nuggets on Tuesday, January 31st with tip-off set for 10:00 PM ET at Ball Arena. This is the second of a three-game road trip for the Pelicans, who’ve lost eight contests in a row, while Denver is back home after three away games, winning just one of those (against the Pelicans). Let’s take a look at my best bets for this tilt between two Top-8 Western Conference teams.
Pelicans vs. Nuggets Betting Odds
*Lines accurate at time of publication
Pelicans vs. Nuggets Best Bets
Nuggets -7 (-110 DraftKings)
Whether Jamal Murray is available or not, the Nuggets are a solid play at Ball Arena against this Pelicans team. New Orleans is 2-6 ATS in their last eight games (which have all been losses) and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road contests. Conversely, the Nuggets play very well at home and are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 matchups in the Mile High City. The Pels will still be without Zion Williamson and can’t seem to get much going in his absence, and will be facing a Denver team looking to rebound from a tough loss in Philly.
This line was at 8.5 which I still would have taken, so now that it’s at 7 points, it’s an even stronger play.
Risk: 1.1 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -120)
Pelicans vs. Nuggets Game Total Under 234 (-120 DraftKings)
Head to head, the under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings between the Nuggets and Pelicans. The under is also 4-1 in the last five games for New Orleans, and Denver is also living in the land of under as it’s hit in eight of their last 11 contests and five of their last seven games in Ball Arena. The Nuggets are only putting up an average of 105.7 points in their last three times on the court, with the Pelicans just behind them with an average score of just 105.0 in that time frame.
Without Williamson and Murray, the under is the way to go on Tuesday night.
Risk: 1.2 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -130)