New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets Betting Pick from Bob Harvey: December 15th 2013
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets
NBA Betting Pick: Over 204.5 (December 15th 2013)
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The New Orleans Pelicans have finally begun to adjust to the absence of injured power forward Anthony Davis – and they have strong guard play to thank for it. The Pelicans look to build off back-to-back victories Sunday evening when they visit the Denver Nuggets in their first meeting of the season. New Orleans is coming off a 104-98 win over Memphis – salvaging a .500 record on their four-game homestand – while the Nuggets dropped a 103-93 decision to Utah.
With Davis expected to miss several more weeks with a broken bone in his hand, the Pelicans’ dynamic backcourt duo of Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday has stepped up. Gordon led the way with 25 points against the Grizzlies while Holiday is averaging 19.5 points and 10 assists over the past two games. The Nuggets’ starting guard duo of Ty Lawson and Randy Foye has been the exact opposite of effective, having combined for zero points in the loss to the Jazz.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN New Orleans, Altitude (Denver)
ABOUT THE PELICANS (11-10): As well as New Orleans ended its homestand, the news wasn’t all positive. Veteran swingman and bench spark Tyreke Evans aggravated a left ankle injury in Friday night’s victory and may not participate in Sunday’s opener of a five-game road trip. The Pelicans have other concerns, as well; they’re allowing opponents to shoot a robust 47.2 percent on the season, the second-worst mark in the league.
ABOUT THE NUGGETS (13-9): Head coach Brian Shaw was displeased with his team’s collective effort against the lowly Jazz, and has suggested that changes to the starting unit may be on the way. Of particular concern: Denver allowed 33 points in the first quarter versus Utah, the latest in a series of bad starts. “Continuing to give up those big quarters is not going to get it done for us,” Shaw told the Denver Post. “The chemistry, for whatever reason, is not there.”