Free NBA Picks Today: New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets 1/24/23

Free NBA Picks Today: New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets 1/24/23
Tue 24th January 2023

The New Orleans Pelicans (26-21, 17-6 Home) will try to slow down the league’s top shooting team when they play host to the Denver Nuggets (33-14, 11-10 Away) on Tuesday.

Denver was narrowly defeated by the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 at Ball Arena on Sunday. Jamal Murray was a top performer in the loss with 26 points and nine assists.

The Nuggets are the first seed in the Western Conference, 1.5 games ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies. New Orleans lost their fourth in a row on Sunday at FTX Arena, falling to the Miami Heat 100-96.

Trey Murphy III scored 17 to lead the team in scoring in the loss. With 12 points and seven rebounds, Larry Nance Jr. also played a part. The Pelicans are fourth in the Western Conference.

This marks the final meeting of the season between the teams. New Orleans will be looking for a season sweep against Denver after winning the only prior game 121-106 at Smoothie King Center in December 2022.

Jose Alvarado led the Pelicans with 38 points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steals. Nikola Jokic had 32 points, 16 rebounds, and nine assists in the loss.

Jokic is averaging 25.1 points per game to lead the Nuggets in scoring this season. Jokic also is contributing 11.0 rebounds and 9.9 assists per game, placing him sixth and second in the league, respectively.

CJ McCollum has supplied much of the Pels’ offense, averaging 21.1 points per game. McCollum also has doled out 5.8 assists per game. Jonas Valanciunas has pulled down 9.9 rebounds per game.

The Nuggets are the most accurate team from the field in the league at 51.0%.The Nuggets have found success in recent trips to Smoothie King Center, winning six of the last 10.

Denver is 9-1 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +13.5 (120.2-106.7). For the season, the Nuggets are averaging 117.2 points per game, compared to 112.9 for opponents. New Orleans has gone 3-7 over the last 10, allowing 115.0 points per game on average while scoring only 110.7 (-4.3 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Bones Hyland: 7.8 | 17.5 | -9.7
Points per game:
Bones Hyland: 4.6 | 12.3 | -7.7
Assists per game:
Jamal Murray: 8.2 | 5.7 | +2.5


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Jonas Valanciunas: 35.8 | 26.4 | +9.4
Points per game:
Jonas Valanciunas: 21.4 | 14.9 | +6.5
Rebounds per game:
Jonas Valanciunas: 13.0 | 9.9 | +3.1
Willy Hernangomez: 3.0 | 4.6 | -1.6

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Denver Nuggets (-155)

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