Through 3 Quarters

The Denver Nuggets need a victory to reach .500, and so far things are looking up. It's still tight after three quarters, with Denver leading 82-77 over the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Nuggets have been riding high on the performance of center Nikola Jokic, who has posted a double-double on 22 points and ten assists along with six boards. A double-double would be Jokic's seventh in a row.

Center Jonas Valanciunas (19 points) has been the top scorer for New Orleans. A double-double would be Jonas Valanciunas' third in a row.

New Orleans has lost 94% of the time when they were down heading into the fourth quarter this year, so this one seems just about wrapped up

Who's Playing

Denver @ New Orleans

Current Records: Denver 11-12; New Orleans 7-19

What to Know

The Denver Nuggets will take on the New Orleans Pelicans at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday at Smoothie King Center. Given that these two teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this game.

The Nuggets ended up a good deal behind the Chicago Bulls when they played on Monday, losing 109-97. Denver's loss shouldn't obscure the performances of center Nikola Jokic, who posted a triple-double on 17 points, 15 dimes, and 12 rebounds, and point guard Monte Morris, who had 19 points and seven assists. Jokic now has three triple-doubles this season.

Meanwhile, New Orleans came up short against the Houston Rockets on Sunday, falling 118-108. Shooting guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker wasn't much of a difference maker for the Pelicans; Alexander-Walker played for 27 minutes with 3-for-13 shooting.

Barring any buzzer beaters, Denver is expected to win a tight contest. But bettors beware: they are only 3-6 against the spread when favored.

Denver is now 11-12 while New Orleans sits at 7-19. Two defensive numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: The Nuggets enter the contest with only 104.1 points allowed per game on average, good for third best in the league. Less enviably, the Pelicans have allowed their opponents to shoot 47.40% from the floor on average, which is the third highest shooting percentage allowed in the league.

How To Watch

  • When: Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Smoothie King Center -- New Orleans, Louisiana
  • TV: Altitude Sports & Entertainmnt
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $6.00

Odds

The Nuggets are a slight 2-point favorite against the Pelicans, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Nuggets as a 1.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Denver have won 11 out of their last 20 games against New Orleans.

  • Apr 28, 2021 - Denver 114 vs. New Orleans 112
  • Mar 26, 2021 - Denver 113 vs. New Orleans 108
  • Mar 21, 2021 - New Orleans 113 vs. Denver 108
  • Jan 24, 2020 - Denver 113 vs. New Orleans 106
  • Dec 25, 2019 - New Orleans 112 vs. Denver 100
  • Oct 31, 2019 - New Orleans 122 vs. Denver 107
  • Mar 02, 2019 - New Orleans 120 vs. Denver 112
  • Jan 30, 2019 - Denver 105 vs. New Orleans 99
  • Nov 17, 2018 - New Orleans 125 vs. Denver 115
  • Oct 29, 2018 - Denver 116 vs. New Orleans 111
  • Dec 15, 2017 - Denver 117 vs. New Orleans 111
  • Dec 06, 2017 - New Orleans 123 vs. Denver 114
  • Nov 17, 2017 - Denver 146 vs. New Orleans 114
  • Apr 07, 2017 - Denver 122 vs. New Orleans 106
  • Apr 04, 2017 - Denver 134 vs. New Orleans 131
  • Mar 26, 2017 - New Orleans 115 vs. Denver 90
  • Oct 26, 2016 - Denver 107 vs. New Orleans 102
  • Mar 31, 2016 - New Orleans 101 vs. Denver 95
  • Dec 20, 2015 - New Orleans 130 vs. Denver 125
  • Nov 17, 2015 - Denver 115 vs. New Orleans 98