The New Orleans Pelicans will take on the Denver Nuggets at 8 p.m. ET on Friday at the Smoothie King Center. New Orleans is 18-29 overall and 11-11 at home, while Denver is 26-21 overall and 13-12 on the road. The Nuggets have won three straight games and eight of their last 11.
Denver is favored by four points in the latest Pelicans vs. Nuggets odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is set at 218. Before entering any Nuggets vs. Pelicans picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
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- Pelicans vs. Nuggets spread: Pelicans +4
- Pelicans vs. Nuggets over-under: 218 points
What you need to know about the Pelicans
New Orleans is simply hoping to get some of its key players back on the court for Friday night's game. The Pelicans had four starters out in Tuesday's 117-107 loss at Philadelphia. Leading scorer Brandon Ingram (ankle) and Josh Hart (ankle) both missed practice on Thursday and are questionable for this game.
Devonte' Graham (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday and is probable to play on Friday, while Jonas Valanciunas will return after resting against the 76ers. Willy Hernangomez scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in place of Valanciunas. New Orleans has covered the spread at a 6-2-1 clip in its last nine games.
What you need to know about the Nuggets
Denver is on the third game of a six-game road trip that opened with wins over Detroit and Brooklyn. The Nets were without all three of their superstars and the Nuggets took advantage. Nikola Jokic came up just short of a triple-double, scoring 26 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out eight assists.
Austin Rivers added 25 points in the win over the Nets, 22 of which came in the second half. Rivers knocked down three 3-pointers during a 22-7 run that helped Denver turn the game around in the third quarter. The Nuggets have come away with a win in four of their last five trips to New Orleans.
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