Can the Pelicans Steal One on the Road vs. the Warriors?


Jan 10, 2024

In the fast-paced world of NBA basketball, we’ve got an intriguing matchup as the New Orleans Pelicans hit the road to take on the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center in the Bay Area. Traditionally, the Warriors have enjoyed being the favorites at home for the past several decades. However, times are changing in the NBA, and it’s a new era for Golden State.

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Surprisingly, the Pelicans find themselves as the favorites on the road tonight against the Warriors, albeit by a slim one-point margin. The over/under for the game is set at 233.5 points, indicating a potentially high-scoring affair. Golden State has been holding its own despite missing the defensive prowess of Draymond Green. Still, the burden has fallen heavily on the shoulders of the sensational Stephen Curry, who’s needed significant support to bolster the team’s performance.

As for tonight’s game, there is a leaning toward the Pelicans and the under. The Pelicans, much like the Pacers, have been hitting their stride since the NBA season tournament, displaying a brand of basketball that’s been impressive to watch. They’ve notched 10 victories in their last 14 games, showcasing their ability to compete at a high level.

What’s truly remarkable is that three of the four losses during this stretch came by a combined five-point margin, underlining just how competitive the Pelicans have been. It’s clear that they’ve found their rhythm and are playing with a lot of confidence.

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Another factor to consider is the early start time for this game in the Bay Area, with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m. local time. Such deviations from the usual game schedule can often disrupt the home team’s routine and potentially work to the advantage of the visitors. The Warriors aren’t accustomed to playing a mid-week home game at this early hour, which could impact their performance.

The Pelicans have several factors working in their favor, including the stellar play of key players like Zion Williamson, CJ McConnell, and Brandon Ingram, who have been orchestrating their offense effectively. Additionally, coach Willie Green brings valuable experience from his time on Steve Kerr’s coaching staff, which could provide the Pelicans with some strategic insights.

All these factors combined make it a compelling case for the Pelicans to seize the road victory tonight, even as the oddsmakers have them as slight favorites. As the NBA season continues to unfold, this matchup promises to be an exciting clash between two competitive teams, with the Pelicans aiming to maintain their impressive form and make a statement on the road. Get ready for some thrilling basketball action in the Bay Area!

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