Spurs vs. Pelicans Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 2 (Keep Fading San Antonio at the AT&T Center)

Larry Rupp
San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Gerald Herbert
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Spurs vs. Pelicans Game Info

  • Date: Friday, December 2, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • Venue: AT&T Center -- San Antonio, Texas
  • Coverage: CW35 and BSNO

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Friday with 11 more games, including a battle between the New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs. The Pelicans are coming off a stellar 126-108 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. Zion Williamson tallied 33 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

Meanwhile, the Spurs blew a 17-point halftime lead against the Oklahoma City Thunder their last time out and lost by a score of 117-111. San Antonio racked up just 34 points in the second half. Devin Vassell logged a team-high 25 points (7-of-13 shooting), while Keldon Johnson notched 6 assists.

Spurs vs. Pelicans Odds & Spread

The Pelicans enter this contest as clear road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 232 points, which is above average compared to the rest of Friday's projected totals.

Spurs vs. Pelicans Betting Trends

  • The Pelicans put together a 42-40-0 ATS record last year.
  • The Spurs' ATS record as underdogs of 7 points or more was 16-4 last season.
  • Last season, the combined scoring went over the point total 33 times in Pelicans games.
  • Out of 82 Spurs games last season, 39 went over the total.

Spurs vs. Pelicans Prediction & Pick

A massive blown lead serves as just another bullet point in a long list of things going horribly wrong for the Spurs as of late. San Antonio is in the midst of a nine-game losing streak and now must face a Pelicans team that averages more points per away game than any other team in the NBA (119.2).

New Orleans is getting crucial contributions from key role players in the absence of Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum. Second-year pro Trey Murphy III has scored at least 20 points in each of his last three games and Jonas Valanciunas has posted double-digit rebounds in four of his last five games.

The Spurs haven't won a home game in three weeks, so I'll side with the Pelicans on Friday night.

Final Score Prediction: Spurs: 114 | Pelicans: 124

Spurs vs. Pelicans Best Bet

It's not like San Antonio is keeping much of these games close, either. Only three of the Spurs' last nine losses have come by single digits. They are a dismal 0-7 against the spread (ATS) in their last seven home games and sport an average scoring margin of -8.0 at home (No. 30 in NBA). It's been gross.

Backing the Pelicans is the right call here. New Orleans is 6-3 ATS in its last nine games overall and 5-1 ATS in its last six games against a Southwest division opponent. The losing streak is going to end at some point for the Spurs, but fading them as much as possible until it does in the smartest move.

Bet: New Orleans Pelicans Win by 11+ (+150)

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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