The New Orleans Pelicans (3-16) will try to stop their slide into the abyss vs. the Washington Wizards (11-6) who are coming off a loss to the Hornets.
Not much has gone to plan this season for the Pelicans, who are still missing Zion Williamson and haven’t had much to cheer about outside of the play of Jonas Valanciunas and the defense of Herb Jones, who was recently named a top-10 rookie.
The Pelicans are coming off two lackluster efforts in a row after they beat the Clippers and there hasn’t been much to be positive about for Pels’ fans.
These two teams played recently and the Pelicans blew a 19-point lead while getting stomped in the second half, something that has been happening regularly this season.
This is part of a tough stretch of the schedule where the Pelicans play six top teams in a row before getting a breather against Houston. I’d like to thank Houston, whose 15-game losing streak reminds me that things could be worse.
Here are the odds, predictions and some fantasy bets.
Pelicans vs. Wizards: Odds, spread, over/under and best fantasy bets
According to WynnBET, the Pelicans are 3.5 point underdogs to the Wizards at home tonight.
The money lines are set at +145 for the Pels and -165 for the Wizards, so even though the Pelicans are at home, they are not expected to win this one. With Devonte’ Graham still questionable, it’s tough to recommend betting on the Pels, especially when Bradley Beal didn’t even play in the last game but will be back tonight.
The over/under is set at 208.5, which I think is high, considering the Pelicans have failed to score 100 points in their last four games and the two teams combined for just 205 points in the last meeting, though Beal was missing. I’d still take the under on this, as Washington has a good defense and probably won’t take New Orleans as lightly this time around.
As for daily fantasy bets, I’d stay away from Brandon Ingram even though he scored 31 the last time these two teams played. He’s looked off the last few games and may still be bothered by an injury.
This seems like a team that Jonas Valanciunas should dominate and he did have 16 points and nine rebounds against them last time.
Josh Hart put up 13 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the last meeting, so he’s probably your best bet for a low-cost play.
Pelicans vs. Wizards: How to watch
If you are into punishing yourself, you can catch this game on Bally Sports New Orleans or listen to it at ESPN 100.3 FM. The start time is 7:00 PM CT.