The Washington Wizards (22-26) visit the New Orleans Pelicans (26-23) in a non-conference matchup on Saturday at Smoothie King Center. The New Orleans Pelicans hold the fourth seed in the Western Conference after winning 26 of their 49 games, while 22 wins in 48 matches leave the Washington Wizards with the tenth seed in the Eastern Conference. The MD sports betting sites certainly favor the New Orleans Pelicans for victory when the Washington Wizards swing by. However, with the visitors coming off the back of some good wins, they might just prove to be a tough nut to crack.
New Orleans Pelicans VS Washington Wizards Betting expert picks
New Orleans Pelicans VS Washington Wizards Moneyline
Take the New Orleans Pelicans to win (1.54) to win on the moneyline.
The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Washington Wizards 112-132 in their only regular season matchup thus far. As they head to Smoothie King Center for the rematch, they are favored to win again according to the -185 moneyline odds. This implies a 65% chance of a home win for the hosts, who have gone 2-8 in their last ten games. That said, the Washington Wizards are going strong on the road. The visitors are riding a three-game winning streak away from home, and are the value bet.
New Orleans Pelicans VS Washington Wizards Spread
Take the New Orleans Pelicans to win (1.54) to cover the spread.
The oddsmakers are siding with the New Orleans Pelicans on the spread, but not by much. The hosts open up as the 4.5-point favorites over the Washington Wizards for Saturday. In the last ten matchups in this series, the average points margin between these two sides was 13.5 points.
Home-court advantage usually has paid off for the New Orleans Pelicans in this series. In their past five encounters with the Washington Wizards at the Smoothie King Center, the home side bagged four wins by an average winning margin of 18.0 points. The hosts are also 5-5 ATS in the past ten games at home and 4-6 ATS overall from their previous ten games.
The Washington Wizards, on the other hand, have covered the spread in four of their last five games. In their past 10 matches, the Washington Wizards went 5-5 ATS and also ended up 7-3 ATS from their ten most recent road trips.
New Orleans Pelicans VS Washington Wizards Total
Take the Total under 231.0 (1.91) for the best over/under bet
Judging by a points average of 218.9 points from the last ten matchups of this series, the total should land somewhere between 218 and 222 points for the latest encounter between the New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards.
The total line is set at 231.0. The New Orleans Pelicans and the Washington Wizards’ combined points total has not exceeded this 231.0 line seven times in their last ten matchups. Betting Under on the Total market returns odds of -110.
The total has averaged 223.0 points in the last ten New Orleans Pelicans games. The total only went over in one of the last five home games for the New Orleans Pelicans. They are 5-5 against the total across their last ten games overall.
Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards have seen an average of 231.6 points in their past five road games and 232.0 points in their last five contests in all. Betting on the Over paid out in three of the last five road games for the Washington Wizards, who are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games overall.
New Orleans Pelicans VS Washington Wizards Betting trends
- Moneyline (ML): Washington Wizards (+165) | New Orleans Pelicans (-185)
- Against the spread (ATS): Washington Wizards +4.5 (-110) | New Orleans Pelicans -4.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 231.0 (-110) | (-110)
New Orleans Pelicans Form
The New Orleans Pelicans are on a rough patch of form. Not only did the hosts lose 102-111 to the Minnesota Timberwolves last time out, but they’re also on a four-match home losing streak. This leaves them 2-8 across their past 10 games overall.
Going into their latest matchup, the New Orleans Pelicans boast an offensive record that is more middle of the pack than elite. The hosts rank 13th in the NBA, averaging 115.3 points per game. On the other end of the court, the home team brings a middle-of-the-pack defense, ranking 12th in the league after allowing 113.1 points per game.
The New Orleans Pelicans look set for another round in the playoffs following a 26-23 season. Last year, the hosts clinched a postseason berth but failed to go deep, suffering a first-round exit. They currently rank fourth in the Western Conference and second in the Southwest Division.
Zion Williamson and EJ Liddell are set to miss the New Orleans Pelicans game due to injuries.
Washington Wizards Form
Form is strong for the Washington Wizards, who beat Houston Rockets by a 103-108 scoreline last time out, thereby extending their winning streak to four matches. Their overall regular season record is now 22-26 and 10-16 on the road.
The Washington Wizards’ offensive record is among the worst in the NBA this season. The team averages 112.7 points, ranking 28th overall. On the other end of the court, the away defense ranks fifth in the league after limiting opponents to 113.4 points per game and 113.5 points on the road.
Last year, the Washington Wizards failed to qualify for the playoffs after a 35-47 regular season. They ended up 12th in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the Southeast Division. However, with a 22-26 record this season, they hold the Eastern Conference’s tenth seed, leaving them set for the Play-In Tournament.
The Washington Wizards have 2 players injured for the upcoming match in Monte Morris and Kristaps Porzingis.
New Orleans Pelicans VS Washington Wizards H2H history
The New Orleans Pelicans came away with a 112-132 win in their latest encounter with the Washington Wizards, which took place at the Capital One Arena. Playing the New Orleans Pelicans on the road has often proved to be an experience to forget for the Washington Wizards, especially in their last five visits, which saw them fall to defeat four times.
In their last ten head-to-head games, the New Orleans Pelicans managed 114 points on average per game, while the Washington Wizards put 104.9 points on board.