Pelicans vs. Cavaliers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 10 (Fade the Road Team in Cross-Conference Battle)

Pelicans vs. Cavaliers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 10 (Fade the Road Team in Cross-Conference Battle)


Pelicans vs. Cavaliers Game Info

  • Date: Friday, February 10, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Smoothie King Center -- New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Coverage: ESPN, BSNO, and BSOH

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Friday with 11 more games, including a battle between the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans. The Cavaliers rank fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 35-22 record, while the Pelicans check in seventh in the Western Conference with a 29-27 record.

Cleveland enters as a victor in five of its last six games following a 113-85 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Meanwhile, New Orleans has now won each of its last three games thanks to a 116-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. Which NBA Playoff hopeful will win tonight?

Pelicans vs. Cavaliers Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: NOP: (+110) | CLE: (-130)
  • Spread: NOP: +2 (-110) | CLE: -2 (-110)
  • Total: 223 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Cavaliers enter this contest as slight road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 10 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 223 points, which is below average compared to Friday's projected totals.

Cavaliers vs Pelicans Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Cavaliers -2.5 - - 225 -110 -110 -136 116

Pelicans vs. Cavaliers Betting Trends

  • The Cavaliers went 41-36-5 ATS last season.
  • Against the spread, as underdogs of 2.5 points or more, the Pelicans went 24-27 last season.
  • Last season, the combined scoring went over the point total 37 times in Cavaliers games.
  • Last year, 33 of the Pelicans' 82 games hit the over.

Pelicans vs. Cavaliers Prediction & Pick

It's worth pointing out the the Cavaliers were without two of their best players on Wednesday as Donovan Mitchell (sore groin) and Darius Garland (sore thumb) each sat out with injuries. Reports claim the issues are only minor, though, which suggests they'll both be back in action on Friday.

Even with its stars back, Cleveland runs into a nightmare matchup. The Cavaliers have lost their last 11 games at the Smoothie King Center, with the last win coming all the way back in 2010. Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff's team is averaging only 109.5 points per away game this season, too (No. 28 in NBA).

New Orleans has also won seven of its last nine games against Cleveland overall, so take the Pelicans.

Final Score Prediction: Pelicans: 113 | Cavaliers: 110

Pelicans vs. Cavaliers Best Bet

When a matchup is too close to call, taking the points with the underdog is never a bad idea. New Orleans is 5-0-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games in February and 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games against Cleveland. The Cavaliers are only 12-15-1 ATS across 28 away games this season.

The Pelicans have the size to combat the likes of Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen with veteran Jonas Valanciunas patrolling the paint. New Orleans has posted the eighth-best defensive efficiency mark in home games and forces 15.2 turnovers per game (No. 8 in NBA). Don't underestimate the Pelicans.

Bet: New Orleans Pelicans +2 (-110)

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