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Pelicans Spread Pick vs Ailing Knicks

Injuries have been an issue for the New York Knicks, so hosting the New Orleans Pelicans can be an interesting option in NBA odds. The Pelicans have been having their own issues, but the Knicks are also playing the second game of a back-to-back.

In the Pelicans’ last game, they lost 114-106 to the Chicago Bulls but did have crucial parts of the team’s rotation out for that matchup. The Knicks beat the Detroit Pistons 113-111 on Monday night, but needed a hectic final seconds to secure the win against one of the worst teams in the league.

Pelicans Spread Pick vs Ailing Knicks
Pelicans Spread Pick vs Ailing Knicks

Pelicans vs Knicks Game Information

  1. Game: Pelicans (34-24) vs Knicks (34-23)
  2. Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  3. Day Game: Tuesday, Feb. 27
  4. Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  5. Pelicans vs Knicks Live Stream: NBA Game Pass

 

The Pelicans have lost two straight after winning the first game back from the All-Star break. However, both games had unique circumstances that led to the losses, which could change how NBA lines view this matchup with the Knicks.

Pelicans vs Knicks Head-to-Head

Pelicans vs Knicks Odds and Spreads

Pelicans vs Knicks Score Prediction

Pelicans 111, Knicks 106

  1. Pelicans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.
  2. Knicks are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games.
  3. Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite.
  4. Under is 5-0 in Knicks last 5 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
  5. Under is 4-0 in Knicks last 4 games when their starting 5 players combine for more than 160 minutes on the previous day.
  6. Under is 4-0 in Pelicans last 4 games following a straight up loss.
  7. Under is 8-1 in Knicks last 9 games as a home underdog of 0.5-4.5.
  8. Under is 6-1 in Knicks last 7 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.

 

Pelicans vs Knicks ATS Pick: Pelicans -3

The last two games for New Orleans have been challenging to examine for NBA predictions. In the first loss, the Pelicans team got into a fight with the Miami Heat, which was the headline of the matchup. However, Brandon Ingram also missed the game against the Heat while CJ McCollum only played 15 minutes after hurting his ankle.

Then, in a loss to the Bulls, Ingram came back and scored 22 points with six assists but did have nine turnovers. McCollum sat out while crucial bench players Naji Marshall and Jose Alvarado also missed the game with a suspension.

Alvarado is still suspended for another game and will miss this matchup with the Knicks while McCollum is a game-time decision. That could help them in NBA spreads, especially after Zion Williamson had another big game with 19 points and tied for a career-high of 11 assists. The idea of Point-Zion seems to be building some speed, which could change how the Pelicans play. Since the All-Star break, he is averaging 9.0 assists in three games.

Pelicans vs Knicks Over/Under Pick: Under 218½

It should not be hard to see why NBA betting could lean toward the under in this matchup. The Pelicans, who rank 14th in points per game (116.1), could be without one of their top guards in McCollum.

Then there are the Knicks, who have relied on Jalen Brunson to carry them while Julius Randle and OG Anunoby are injured. However, the Knicks are not the best at putting up big numbers on the scoreboard, ranking 18th in points per game (114.2).

The mix of these teams’ offenses, plus the likely absence of crucial players, should lead to this game hitting the under. Plus, both teams are in the top 10 in points allowed per game and defensive rating.

Pelicans vs Knicks Player Prop Pick: Zion Williamson Over 5.5 Assists (-120)

There have been calls for the Pelicans to use Williamson as a playmaker, and maybe the coaching staff is starting to lean into that slightly. Since the All-Star break, which is only three games, Williamson has been averaging 9.0 assists and is playing well. New Orleans should continue experimenting with Point-Zion, as it has great potential value in the playoffs.

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Questions Of The Day

How will the Knicks survive with all the injuries they have had?


Right now, the Knicks have been playing without three starters. It has put a lot more pressure on Jalen Brunson to carry the offense every game, which is not sustainable.

Do the Pelicans have a chance to climb up the Western Conference standings?


It has felt like the Pelicans have been an overlooked team this season, but they are currently tied in fifth place within the West and have the talent to start to climb up.

 

The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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