NOLA Pelicans vs SA Spurs: Feb 2024 Prediction, Lineup, Betting Tips

Western Conference teams face contrasting fortunes this season.

by Nouman Rasool
NOLA Pelicans vs SA Spurs: Feb 2024 Prediction, Lineup, Betting Tips
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The San Antonio Spurs are set to host the New Orleans Pelicans at Frost Bank Center this Friday at 8 p.m. ET, in what promises to be an exhilarating clash in the NBA's packed 10-game schedule. Currently, the Pelicans hold a dominant 2-0 lead in their season series against the Spurs.

Sporting a 27-21 record, the Pelicans are currently positioned seventh in the Western Conference. They are riding high from their recent 110-99 victory over the Houston Rockets. Key players Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valančiūnas made a significant impact in this win, combining for a remarkable 49 points, 24 rebounds, and six assists, and outperforming the Rockets by a staggering +17 points.

Spurs' Struggles Continue

Contrastingly, the Spurs are enduring a challenging season, standing last in the West with a 10-38 record. Their recent encounter ended in a 98-108 defeat against the Orlando Magic. Despite the loss, the team saw impressive performances from Devin Vassell and the promising rookie Victor Wembanyama, who together racked up 47 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, and six blocks.

As for the upcoming game, fans can tune in to Bally Sports SW-SA and Bally Sports New Orleans for local broadcast coverage, or stream the game on NBA League Pass and Fubo TV, which offers a free trial including access to NBA TV.

The betting odds lean heavily in favor of the Pelicans, with a spread of -8 against the Spurs' +8.5, and a moneyline of -325 for the Pelicans compared to +270 for the Spurs. The total (O/U) is set at O 233.5 vs. U 234.5. In their last 10 games, the Pelicans have secured four wins and hold a 13-11 record on the road.

Despite recent losses to the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics, their win against the Rockets brings a positive momentum into this match. They boast a +3.7 net rating and excel in three-point shooting with a 37.9% success rate.

The Spurs, however, have struggled, winning only three of their last 10 games, with a dismal 5-19 home record. Their net rating stands at -8.3, ranking 27th in the league, reflecting challenges in both offense and defense.

Projected starting lineups include CJ McCollum, Dyson Daniels, Brandon Ingram, Trey Murphy, and Jonas Valančiūnas for the Pelicans, and Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Julian Champagnie, Jeremy Sochan, and Victor Wembanyama for the Spurs.

In terms of player performance, Wembanyama’s recent average of 22.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game sets high expectations, though his point prop at over/under 23.5 is not a clear favorite. Ingram, averaging 21.5 points and 5.6 assists, holds a promising first basket prop for the Pelicans at +270.

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