Pelicans vs. Warriors Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 14, 2021

This is a Golden State team that is becoming more dangerous each game.  Steph Curry leads the league in scoring, averaging 31.8 points per game, while Draymond Green is looking for his fourth straight double-double (points and rebounds) and Andrew Wiggins has averaged over 23 points a night over his last eight games.

New Orleans
31-41
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May 14, 2021, 9:30 PM ET
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Golden State
39-33
Pointspread +1 -110
Moneyline -110
Over / Under o +220

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Betting Action

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Pointspread -1 -110
Moneyline -110
Over / Under u +220

25%

Betting Action

75%

With the Pelicans already eliminated from the playoffs, Golden State is likely looking ahead to their Sunday game against Memphis.  Regardless of the result of this game, the eighth seed in the West will come down to the Golden State – Memphis game on Sunday.  That will be important, as picking up the eighth seed means one less game in the play-in tournament and a better shot at a playoff spot.  It will be interesting to see how the Warriors handle this game, knowing Sunday is a much more important game.

Golden State is a 2-point favourite to win on the NBA odds with a total of 224.5.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

These teams split a two-game set in New Orleans just over a week ago, with the Under hitting in both games.  Steph Curry finished with 41 points in the first contest and 37 in the second, both game-highs.

Eliminated from postseason contention, the Pelicans have nothing left to play for and they come into Friday with four losses in their last six games.  They’ve been a great cover option lately however, going 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games.  The total has gone Under in five of New Orleans’ last six games.

After an inconsistent start to the season, the Warriors are finishing strong.  Golden State has won six of their last seven games overall and eight of their last nine home games.  They’re an even 35-35 ATS this year and they’ve been hot lately, covering in six of their last seven games.  The Under has hit in five straight games between these teams.

New Orleans Pelicans

It was a bit of an odd game for New Orleans against Dallas on Wednesday.  Seven Pelicans’ players hit double-digit points, but none of them could manage more than 15 in a 125-107 loss.  Willy Hernangomez picked up a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  This could be a rough game for New Orleans, as they’ll be missing Zion Williamson (finger), Brandon Ingram (ankle), Lonzo Ball (thumb), Steven Adams (toe) and Josh Hart (thumb).

The Pelicans defence has been awful all season.  They allowed Dallas to shoot 49 per cent from the floor on Wednesday and were only able to force eight turnovers in the game.  The loss officially eliminated New Orleans from postseason contention for the third straight year.

Golden State Warriors

This is a Golden State team that is becoming more dangerous each game.  Curry leads the league in scoring, averaging 31.8 points per game, while Draymond Green is looking for his fourth straight double-double (points and rebounds) and Andrew Wiggins has averaged over 23 points a night over his last eight games.  If Klay Thompson was playing this year, the Warriors would be a strong contender heading into the playoffs.

Curry has been the catalyst for this teams for years.  His 21-point performance in a 122-116 win over Phoenix on Tuesday was low by his standards, but he’s still managed to put up 57 points combined over his last two games.  With Sunday’s game against Memphis being so important, it might seem reasonable that Golden State would rest their stars for this game.  Keep in mind, however, the Warriors have been off since Tuesday and they may actually lean more towards giving their big players a healthy amount of minutes to gear up for Memphis.  Regardless, Golden State is a scary team down the final stretch of the regular season.

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