Oddsmakers have the moneyline as a coin toss between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Denver Nuggets at the Smoothie King Center tonight. Denver leads the Western Conference with a 33-14 record while New Orleans is looking to break their disastrous losing streak and inch themselves closer to Denver in the standings.
With Williamson and Lidell out, The Pels have been dropping games against Cleveland, Miami and Orlando. Denver, on the other hand, lost to Oklahoma by 2 points last Sunday but had been winning consistently since, taking games from Indiana, Minnesota and Portland. For Denver it’s all about whether Nikola Jokic will play or not, the Serbian menace leads Denver in points, rebounds, assists and steals but is currently listed doubtful along with Porter Jr, Watson and Hyland. Collin Gillespie is the only player confirmed out for Denver for tonight.
New Orleans will be looking at CJ McCollum to drive the offense as he trails behind Zion in average points scored for the Pelicans and has performed better than Denver’s second best scorer in Jamal Murray. In their latest match against Miami, McCollum scored 13 points in the 38 minutes he played and while it isn’t the best of performances, it seems New Orleans is giving him the time to try and lead in Zion’s absence. Trey Murphy and Jonas Valanciunas both scored more points than McCollum having played less minutes so clearly the Pelicans aren’t in prime position to rely completely on CJ yet.
When Denver were upset by OKC it was Jamal Murray atop the Nuggets scoring charts with 26 points in 39 minutes so this illustrates why the oddsmakers can’t split these two teams tonight. Perhaps the total is a good angle tonight, stay tuned to our NBA show to learn what our experts have to say about the encounter.
Denver Nuggets vs New Orleans Pelicans Game Information
- Date: 01/24/2023
- Time: 08:10 PM ET
- Location: Smoothie King Center.
- How to Watch Nuggets vs Pelicans: NBC Sports Boston
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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