It should be an excellent NBA Monday contest, and Warriors vs Pelicans odds suggest a close game is likely.
NBA scores today reflect how well-credentialed these Western Conference teams are.
Location: Smoothie King Center
Warriors Underdog Value?
The latest NBA odds have the Warriors at +3½, which is usually hard to turn down.
The Warriors have found success on the road, securing victories over the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings in consecutive games.
Their only setback occurred at their home court against the Phoenix Suns, though they put up a strong performance, keeping the game competitive throughout and having a chance to win in the fourth quarter.
It’s uncommon to see the Warriors listed as underdogs with Warriors vs Pelicans odds, but the odds are more reflective of how well the Pelicans are playing more than anything.
Steph Curry has been consistent, maintaining an average of 34 points per game, and he’s certainly living up to expectations as usual.
However, the absence of Draymond Green on the court has had a detrimental impact.
Without his defensive leadership, the Warriors have lacked their usual flow, even with Chris Paul stepping into the point guard role.
To overcome the Pelicans, the Warriors must excel in their three-point shooting, as New Orleans boasts significant size in the paint. That has been evident by the NBA schedule, so the Warriors know what faces them.
Pelicans Spreading Their Wings
The Pelicans are a perfect 2-0, looking better than we expected.
The return of Zion Williamson to the court is a significant asset for the Pelicans, especially when paired with Jonas Valanciunas, creating a formidable frontcourt presence.
This could pose challenges for the Warriors in defending the paint, so bettors should anticipate the Pelicans using their big men to their advantage, and Williamson has been dominating so far.
“They carried us tonight offensively, and that’s what they need to do night in and night out,” coach Willie Green said. “That’s what they’re capable of doing, and we’re going to need those two guys to continue to attack.”
We don’t think the Pelicans will end up with a better record than the Warriors, but they are playing better basketball, and this game plays into their hands.
Pelicans to Stay Perfect
We are backing the Pelicans to remain perfect and beat the Warriors on Monday.
They have impressed us so far, especially the big men in the paint, and having Brandon Ingram making shots on the outside makes them tough to defend.
Betting against Curry and Klay Thompson is never easy, but as they showed last season, the Warriors can struggle on the road.
Value is with the Pelicans, who will play their best basketball in front of a big home crowd at Smoothie King Center.
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