Warriors vs. Pelicans Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 03, 2021

Steph Curry is fresh of one of the best shooting months in NBA history. The two-time MVP knocked down a record 96 three's in April and his 11 straight 30+ point games is the longest streak for any player who is at least 33 years old.

Golden State
35-33
AT
May 03, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans
30-37
Pointspread +2 -110
Moneyline +105
Over / Under o +236.5

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Pointspread -2 -110
Moneyline -125
Over / Under u +236.5

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Betting Action

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Zion Williamson and Steph Curry will meet for the first time on Monday when the Golden State Warriors head to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans.  This is the start of a two-game set between these teams and they’ll actually play one more time in Golden State on May 14.

New Orleans is a 3-point favourite to win on the NBA odds with a total of 237.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Warriors have struggled on the road this year, going 13-21 outside of San Francisco.  Golden State is 30-34 against the spread overall, but they’ve failed to cover in four of their last six games.  The total has gone under in five of their last seven games.

The Pelicans are just one game above .500 at home, posting a 17-16 record in New Orleans.  They’re 30-34 ATS overall and they’ve covered in five of their last six games.  The total has gone under in four of their last five games overall and four of their last six games at home.

Golden State Warriors

Curry’s offensive explosion in the third quarter on Saturday was the difference in Golden State’s 113-87 win over the Rockets.  Sitting at ninth in the Western Conference, they’ll likely make the playoffs, but there’s still something to play for.  If they can jump to seventh in the West, they’ll get a valuable  one-game cushion in the play-in tournament.  It’s hard to completely overlook Draymond Green, but being on the same roster as Curry leads him to be somewhat overlooked.  Green’s basketball IQ elevates the players around him and he is fifth in the NBA in assists, averaging 8.6 per game.

As good as Green is however, there’s a reason he gets overshadowed by Curry.  The two-time MVP had the best shooting month in NBA history, knocking down 96 three’s in April.  Curry also dropped 30+ points in 11 straight games, an NBA record for any player over the age of 33.  He’s leading the league in scoring, averaging 31.3 points per game and if he wins the scoring title, he’ll be the oldest player to lead the league in scoring since Michael Jordan did it at age 35.

New Orleans Pelicans

Sitting three games back of the final play-in spot in the Western Conference, the pelicans desperately needed their 140-136 OT win over Minnesota on Saturday.  Williamson led the way with a game-high 37 points, including seven in overtime.  He also dropped nine rebounds and eight assists.  Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball have been big pieces of this team.  Ball leads the team in assists (averaging 5.8 per game) and he has been key in getting Williamson the ball.  Ingram’s 24 points and 4.9 assists per game numbers are both second on the Pelicans.

As long as Williamson is on the roster, he’ll be the main piece of this team.  He’s averaging a team-high 27 points per game and he leads the league in field goal percentage among players averaging at least 20 points per game.  Statistically, Williamson could miss his next 200 shots and still average over 50 per cent from the field.  His performance on Saturday made him the only player in the last 20 years, other than Nikola Jokic, to have at least 35 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a single game.

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