Update: Williamson and Alvarado are both in for the Pelicans, who are now 2.5-point favorites. The total is set at 234.5. We still like New Orleans to cover the spread and the total to go over 234.5.
The New Orleans Pelicans take on the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, January 10. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET from the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Pelicans (22-15) are coming off a 133-100 win over the Kings, and the Warriors (17-19) lost to the Raptors in their most recent game.
Matt Ryan (calf) is out for the Pelicans. Zion Williamson is listed as questionable (quad) and Jose Alvarado is questionable with an illness. On the Warriors’ side of things, Gary Payton II (hamstring) and Chris Paul (hand) are both out. Draymond Green also remains sidelined as he works his way back from a suspension.
The Pelicans enter as 2-point road favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total set at 234. New Orleans is -125 on the moneyline while Golden State is +105.
Pelicans vs. Warriors, 8:30 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Pelicans -2
Pelicans rank 12th in the league in scoring offense, averaging 115.8 points per game, and ninth in rebounding with 52.7 boards a night. Their defense has also been solid this year, falling at 10th in the league as they allow 111.6 points per game. The Warriors’ stats are even better — they rank 10th in scoring with 117.1 points per game, and fifth in rebounding with 54.9 points per game. However, the Warriors have limped through this season and will be missing several key players in this matchup. On the other hand, the Pelicans have been dominating lately and have won five of their last six games. New Orleans should cover on the road, even if Williamson doesn’t suit up.
Over/Under: Over 234
Earlier this season, these two teams met and the Warriors won 130-102. Since then, the Pelicans’ offense has stepped things up a few notches, scoring 133 points in their latest game. While the Warriors are missing a few of their biggest scoring weapons, they still rank in the top 10 in points per game. Go ahead and ride with the over on this one.