Spurs vs. Pelicans Odds & Picks: Pelicans Cover in High-Scoring Contest

Betsperts analyst Jennifer Eakins gives her best bets for the Spurs vs. Pelicans on Thursday, December 22, 2022.

The San Antonio Spurs (10-20) head to New Orleans to face the Pelicans (18-12) on Thursday night at Smoothie King Center, with tip-off scheduled for 8:00 ET. This will be the third meeting between these two teams this season. The Spurs are coming off a big win over the Rockets earlier this week while the Pelicans are on a four-game skid.

Spurs vs. Pelicans Betting Odds

Spurs Pelicans
Spread +8.5 -8.5
Moneyline +290 -350
Over/Under 228

*Lines accurate at time of publication

Spurs vs. Pelicans Best Bets

Pelicans -8.5 (-110 DraftKings)

The Pels started off December red hot with five straight victories including back-to-back wins over the Phoenix Suns, but have since lost four straight. Those losses did come against good teams, however, most recently to the Bucks on Monday evening. To make things worse, New Orleans will be without Zion Williamson in this tilt, as he’s in COVID-19 protocols.

Despite the losing steak and Williamson on the shelf, I still like the Pels in this one. They currently sit sixth in both offensive and defensive efficiency and are third in points scored this season with 117.3 (120.7 in their last three games). Jonas Valanciunas and CJ McCollum can carry this team above a Spurs unit they’ve dominated twice so far in 2022.

Risk: 1.1 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -120)

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Spurs vs. Pelicans Game Total Over 228 (-110 DraftKings)

Both of these teams are in the top half of the NBA in pace of play, with the Pels allowing 126 points in their last three games and San Antonio surrendering 119.5 on the season. The game total has gone over in five of the Pelicans’ last six games and this one also has the potential to exceed 228 points.

Risk: 1.1 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -120)

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