Pelicans Battle the Warriors in Halloween Night NBA Action
The fans at Oracle Arena will be the New Orleans Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors when they take their seats on Halloween Night. Golden State has been setting records all over the place so far this season. The Pelicans are off to a pretty good start as well.
TV: 10:30 p.m. FS New Orleans, NBCS Bay Area (Golden State).
Odds: The Warriors as -12.5-point favorites versus the Pelicans, while the game's total opened at 234.5. The Line is now Warriors -9 and the total is 238.5.
Klay Thompson began the season in a massive shooting slump. It only took one game to break out in a big way. Thompson will try to follow up his record-breaking performance on Wednesday.
Thompson, who went 5-of-36 from beyond the arc in the first six games, buried an NBA-record 14 3-pointers. He scored 52 points in a 149-124 win at the Chicago Bulls on Monday.
Pelicans Have to Have Davis to Have a Chance
The Pelicans might have to stop Golden State without their best defender if star forward Anthony Davis (elbow) is forced to miss a third straight game. New Orleans got off to a 4-0 start with Davis leading the way. They have dropped the last two contests without him in the lineup. The Pelicans are 4-2 going into tonight's action.
New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry refused to blame the absence of Davis in a 116-111 loss at Denver on Monday. The Pelicans turned the ball over 22 times.
"I don't think it's ever understandable to turn the ball over 22 times," Gentry told reporters. "I think what happened is that some of our turnovers came because we were trying to play in really tight, confined spaces. Against that team, you can't do that."
Five of those turnovers belonged to reserve power forward Julius Randle. He otherwise played a solid game with 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 27 minutes.
Golden State has started the season 7-1, which is not a shock to any NBA fan on the planet.
Golden State leads the NBA in team field-goal percentage at 52.3%, and assists at 29.6 a game. Coach Steve Kerr remains in awe of the unselfish nature of his team.
" I can't even tell you how lucky I am and how I feel every night just watching these guys and how unselfish they are," Kerr told reporters. "They basically take turns, they encourage each other, they want each other to do well, and we have all this talent, but the key is these guys are committed to each other, they play hard for each other, and they want each other to have success, and that's why it works, and it's been amazing to be along for the ride."
Thompson broke the record of 13 set on Nov. 7, 2016 by teammate Stephen Curry. Steph went 13-of-17 in a 116-106 home win over New Orleans.
PREDICTION: Warriors 133, Pelican 121
NBA Betting Odds & Trends
|New Orleans Pelicans|
|New Orleans is 16-4 ATS in its last 20 games|
|New Orleans is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 6 games|
|New Orleans is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games on the road|
|New Orleans is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road|
|New Orleans is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Golden State|
|New Orleans is 2-18 SU in its last 20 games when playing Golden State|
|The total has gone OVER in 10 of New Orleans's last 15 games when playing Golden State|
|New Orleans is 1-15 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Golden State|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Orleans's last 8 games when playing on the road against Golden State|
Golden State Warriors
|Golden State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games|
|Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Golden State's last 5 games|
|Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Golden State's last 9 games at home|
|Golden State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing New Orleans|
|Golden State is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games when playing New Orleans|
|The total has gone OVER in 10 of Golden State's last 15 games when playing New Orleans|
|Golden State is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against New Orleans|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Golden State's last 8 games when playing at home against New Orleans|
New Orleans at Portland Thursday, November 1
Golden State home to Minnesota Friday, November 2
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