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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 12/15/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




NEW ORLEANS (15 - 14) at DENVER (15 - 13)
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NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games15-14-5.417-1218-11110.858.749.1%50.7111.556.846.6%50.6
Road Games7-7+1.89-58-6108.957.947.9%52.6110.656.345.2%53.3
Last 5 Games3-2-24-15-0120.264.854.0%48.4118.461.847.7%51.0
NEW ORLEANS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.858.742-8549.1%11-3038.2%16-2174.7%51827207165
vs opponents surrendering105.353.339-8546.0%10-2936.6%17-2276.1%511023208155
Team Stats (Road Games)108.957.941-8547.9%12-3137.7%16-2271.8%53825206145
Stats Against (All Games)111.556.842-8946.6%11-3136.9%17-2177.8%511024209144
vs opponents averaging106.153.539-8546.3%10-2836.7%17-2277.2%511023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)110.656.341-9245.2%11-3233.7%17-2276.9%531124208125

DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games15-13-0.511-1613-15107.553.746.2%52.9107.455.748.1%48.4
Home Games10-2+77-55-7112.256.949.1%54.6103.452.347.0%46.4
Last 5 Games2-3+0.32-23-2110.857.847.5%51.6109.256.448.3%47.8
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)107.553.740-8646.2%11-3036.7%17-2273.7%531223188155
vs opponents surrendering105.453.239-8545.8%10-2936.2%17-2276.8%521022208145
Team Stats (Home Games)112.256.942-8549.1%11-2937.0%18-2571.9%551227188165
Stats Against (All Games)107.455.741-8548.1%11-2938.1%14-1974.9%48924218155
vs opponents averaging104.952.939-8545.7%11-2936.4%16-2175.9%51923208155
Stats Against (Home Games)103.452.340-8547.0%11-3136.0%12-1868.8%46924229164
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ORLEANS 97.2,  DENVER 94.6
NEW ORLEANS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/7/2017@ INDIANA117-112W-1.5W217.5O44-8750.6%531244-9347.3%4910
11/9/2017@ TORONTO118-122L5W215O44-8253.7%451345-9845.9%6112
11/11/2017LA CLIPPERS111-103W-6W218U43-8053.7%562335-8640.7%4111
11/17/2017@ DENVER114-146L4.5L221.5O48-9152.7%331356-8962.9%5214
11/20/2017OKLAHOMA CITY114-107W2.5W213O41-8051.2%561938-8942.7%4714
11/22/2017SAN ANTONIO107-90W-1W206.5U39-8148.1%541535-8839.8%4415
11/24/2017@ PHOENIX115-91W-6.5W225.5U45-9149.5%601637-9439.4%5216
11/25/2017@ GOLDEN STATE95-110L11L227.5U34-8440.5%541739-9441.5%639
12/1/2017@ UTAH108-114L-3.5L204.5O42-8748.3%481042-8549.4%538
12/2/2017@ PORTLAND123-116W7.5W211.5O45-8652.3%551147-10544.8%515
12/4/2017GOLDEN STATE115-125L9L228.5O45-9149.5%562145-8751.7%4616
12/11/2017@ HOUSTON123-130L14W227O49-8557.6%481848-8854.5%429
12/15/2017@ DENVER              
12/19/2017@ WASHINGTON              
12/22/2017@ ORLANDO              
12/23/2017@ MIAMI              
12/30/2017NEW YORK              

DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/9/2017OKLAHOMA CITY102-94W2W215.5U38-8246.3%541938-9042.2%5416
11/13/2017@ PORTLAND82-99L2L212U30-8435.7%452038-7352.1%4821
11/17/2017NEW ORLEANS146-114W-4.5W221.5O56-8962.9%521448-9152.7%3313
11/19/2017@ LA LAKERS109-127L-5L223O36-8442.9%582153-10053.0%5515
11/20/2017@ SACRAMENTO114-98W-5W209.5O42-8648.8%561341-8647.7%3913
11/22/2017@ HOUSTON95-125L8.5L223U35-8740.2%521945-8254.9%5118
11/28/2017@ UTAH77-106L-1L205.5U28-7835.9%471742-8748.3%5111
12/2/2017LA LAKERS115-100W-3.5W222U40-8746.0%461238-8644.2%6021
12/4/2017@ DALLAS105-122L2L209O38-9141.8%56749-8657.0%477
12/6/2017@ NEW ORLEANS114-123L5.5L222O41-9443.6%50946-8653.5%5911
12/8/2017@ ORLANDO103-89W2W218U42-8549.4%511233-8339.8%5014
12/10/2017@ INDIANA116-126L5L217.5O43-9545.3%582149-9352.7%4511
12/12/2017@ DETROIT103-84W7W211U40-7950.6%461728-7935.4%4820
12/13/2017@ BOSTON118-124L6T208.5O45-9149.5%531547-7959.5%3713
12/15/2017NEW ORLEANS              
12/18/2017@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
12/22/2017@ PORTLAND              
12/23/2017@ GOLDEN STATE              
12/27/2017@ MINNESOTA              
NEW ORLEANS: If Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins mesh well, if Jrue Holiday improves as a scorer, and most importantly, if New Orleans doesn't have more bad luck with injuries, the Pelicans could contend for a Western Conference playoff spot. After two sub-.500 seasons, there will be urgency to do so. Otherwise, the regime of general manager Dell Demps and head coach Alvin Gentry could end and Cousins could walk in free agency. Davis is the key to everything for New Orleans because of his dynamism, which allows him to score from inside and out, run the floor and defend the perimeter as well as block shots in the lane. He might not score as much this season while sharing the ball with Cousins, but he hopes to be more efficient.
DENVER: Despite having improved by seven games in 2016-17, the Nuggets still missed the playoffs for a fourth straight season. Jamal Murray, Jameer Nelson and Emmanuel Mudiay are competing for minutes at point guard. If one of the trio can take command at the point and the Nuggets can improve on the defensive end, Denver could make the leap to a playoff-caliber squad. All-Star Paul Millsap, who signed a three-year deal worth about $90 million, should fit in seamlessly with fellow big man Nikola Jokic.
Depth-challenged Nuggets face tall task vs. Pelicans

Guarding DeMarcus Cousins is a difficult task on its own, but when teams have to deal with Anthony Davis too, the job becomes close to impossible.

The two New Orleans big men are dominant individually, and with both on the floor, teams usually have to pick their poison. It helps to be at full strength when playing the Pelicans, but the Denver Nuggets don't have that luxury when they host New Orleans on Friday night.

Denver (15-13) is expected to get center Nikola Jokic back after he missed seven games with a sprained left ankle, but big man Paul Millsap is not playing. That means the Nuggets will have to figure out a way to beat the Pelicans (15-14) while short-handed in the frontcourt.

That list of injuries grew in the Nuggets' 124-118 loss in Boston on Wednesday night, which wrapped up a 2-4 road trip. Will Barton, who has emerged as Denver's leading scorer in Jokic's absence, missed Wednesday's game with a hip injury suffered in Detroit on Tuesday and is questionable for Friday night. The Nuggets didn't practice Thursday after playing a back-to-back set so Barton's status won't be known until Friday morning at the earliest.

Denver gave the best team in the Eastern Conference a tough game despite the absence of three key players, something that coach Michael Malone feels the team can build on after a lackluster start to the road trip.

"There are no moral victories in this business, but I like the fact that we're competing," Malone told The Denver Post after Wednesday's game. "I like the fact that we're giving ourselves a chance to win against really good teams while we're undermanned. This is only going to make us stronger down the stretch."

Facing the Pelicans is a tough task coming off an extended road trip and playing for the third time in four nights. One of those losses on the road came in New Orleans, when Cousins went for 40 points and 22 rebounds. Denver's defense was lacking in that 123-114 Pelicans win on Dec. 6. New Orleans shot 53.5 percent and dominated despite Davis not playing.

He has since returned and put up strong numbers in New Orleans' win over Milwaukee on Wednesday with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Cousins, who finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds, said the win was more important than his 10th double-double of the season.

"It's about wins," Cousins, who also had seven assists, told the Times-Picayune after the game. "The thing I appreciate about this team is that we play for each other, it's about the win at the end of the night -- it's not about numbers. I think everyone in this locker room at one point in their career have gotten numbers. Right now, it's about winning. We're trying to take that next step as a team."

The Pelicans and Nuggets have split their two games this season, with Denver scoring 146 points on Nov. 18 to set an NBA high for the season at the time. With the Western Conference bunched up -- Denver is fifth and New Orleans seventh in the standings -- this is a big game for both teams despite the calendar not flipping to 2018 yet.

The Nuggets are trying to stay relevant until they get healthy, and getting Jokic back is a good sign. If he plays, his minutes would be limited, but with him Denver is a different team.

Jokic was moving well in warmups before the Boston game but Malone wanted to be cautious and hold him out.

"I didn't think he was ready," Malone told The Denver Post. "(The medical staff) might say he's ready. But for myself and talking with him, it's not just, 'Is the ankle ready?' It's, 'Is his head ready?' I didn't think he was ready to play. I wanted to protect him, so I made that decision."

Last Updated: 1/21/2019 12:40:31 PM EST

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