by Liev Jackson
Pelicans: 22-33 SU ,23-32-0 ATS
Wizards: 25-29 SU ,28-26-0 ATS
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
TV: NBATV, FSN New Orleans, CSN Mid-Atlantic
New Orleans and Washington are two of the most disappointing teams of the 2015-16 season. Both teams entered this year with high expectations. While not exactly title contenders, they were both coming off playoff appearances and looking to take the leap into the upper echelon of their respective conferences and it hasn’t worked that way at all.
For the Pelicans it’s pretty much a lost season at this point as they find themselves 5.5 games out of playoff spot, needing to leapfrog two teams just to get there. One of those teams is Utah, just a half game back and playing their best ball of the season.
If the last game is any indication, this is a team that is not going down without a fight. In a 111-106 win over the Pistons Anthony Davis put up an out of this world 59 points and 20 rebounds. It was just the second time in 40 years that a player put up comparable numbers (Shaquille O’Neal had a 61-23 game in March 2000).
It was also the Pelican fourth win in five games and second in a row since the all-star break.
In nine games in February Davis is averaging 30.7 PPG to go along with a .564 FG% and 9.2 RPG.
The Pelicans are putting up these results in spite of the continued injury bug that has plagued this team since the start of the season. They are missing key starters Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon out with long term injuries and now starting power forward Omer Asik is questionable for Tuesday’s game with an ankle injury.
The Wizard have also been beset by injuries and unrealized expectations all season. Last year they advanced to the second round of the playoffs and right now they are 3.5 games out of a playoff spot. They made what was likely the splashiest move in adding Markieff Morris from the Suns in exchange for a protected 1st round draft pick and spare parts DeJuan Blair and Kris Humphries.
They played a weather makeup game on Thursday and so it should be no surprise that they lost to the Heat on Saturday after winning their first two out of the break. It was their third game in three nights – a rarity in the NBA.
They did a good job beating two teams also competing for playoff spots in Utah and Detroit. Meanwhile Morris has been a non-factor in his first two games as he gets acquainted with his new teammates with 5.5 PPG and 3.0 RPG in 21.5 minutes of playing time a night.
John Wall led the way in the first two games with 21PPG, but most impressive was that the defence held opponents under 90 points in both games. That’s just the second time they’ve done that all season.
New Orleans is 11th in the league in scoring at 102.6 PPG and 25th on the defensive end in allowing 105.3 PPG.
Washington is 13th in scoring at 102.4 PPG and 24th in allowing 104.9 PPG.
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Anthony Davis went off for 59 points and added 20 rebounds leading New Orleans to a 111-106 win over Detroit on Sunday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Washington was crushed on Saturday, getting run out of the gym by Miami and falling 114-94 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Washington Wizards Basketball Betting Odds & Trends
New Orleans is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
New Orleans is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games
New Orleans is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Washington is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games at home
Washington is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing
New OrleansWashington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing New Orleans
New Orleans home to Oklahoma City, Thursday, February 25th
Washington at Chicago, Wednesday, February 24th
The Bottom Line: Washington comes in as 3.5 point favorites, but right now Davis is a man on fire and I think he continues to blow away the opposition here with another 30 something point night helping his team to victory. The Pick: New Orleans 106-101.
Liev NBA Prediction and Pick: New Orleans +5 at BetOnline
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