Pelicans vs. Spurs prediction: Brandon Ingram, New Orleans shows elite qualities

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Some NBA games are worth betting because of the matchup. Others are worth betting because of recent results. Wednesday’s game between the Pelicans and Spurs offers the best of both worlds for those willing to put the points on the road.

New Orleans has been on a tear lately, even with superstar Zion Williamson missing three of the team’s last four games. Never mind, the Pelicans have won four of their last five, with all four victories being decided by double digits, including Monday’s stunning 45-point victory over the defending champion Warriors in the biggest blowout of any team this season .

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It’s the exact opposite story for the Spurs, who can’t seem to get anything going in a season marred by off-field drama and on-field stumbles. Since early November, San Antonio has lost 10 of its 11 games (4-7 on the spread), six of them by double digits. That includes three straight losses by the Over-18s after Sunday’s 31-point thrashing at the hands of the struggling Lakers.

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All that alone is enough to support the road chalk here. That’s before we consider the matchup itself: The Spurs are among the worst rebounding teams in the league, allowing an NBA worst 50.6% shooting on opposing teams. By comparison, the Pelicans are aggressive on the boards, scoring 46.8% of their points in the paint. This one can get ugly.

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