Nikola Jokic is on his way to a third straight MVP, and we’re banking on the Joker to torment New Orleans for a second straight week when Denver hosts the shorthanded Pels tonight. Read more in our Pelicans vs. Nuggets betting picks.
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The New Orleans Pelicans were flying high. Zion Williamson was finally starting to look like a guy worthy to be picked No. 1 overall, and they were sitting atop the Western Conference standings.
Then Zion got hurt.
Since going down with a hamstring injury, the Pelicans are just 3-11 and have lost eight consecutive ball games. The Pels will have to play their best game if they want to end this skid, as they’ll take on the team currently sitting atop the West in the Denver Nuggets.
The Nuggets are led by MVP betting favorite Nikola Jokic, and the Joker has been a problem for the Pels this season. Will New Orleans finally be able to slow him down and cover the spread as road underdogs, or will Denver prove a peak too high for the Pels to climb?
I break it all down and bring you my best bet in our free NBA picks and predictions for Pelicans vs. Nuggets on January 31.