Golden State Warriors vs New Orleans Pelicans 12/4/2017 Odds, Picks & Preview

The GOLDEN STATE and the NEW ORLEANS will both be gunning for a victory on 12/4/2017 at 8:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.

GOLDEN STATE vs NEW ORLEANS
When: 8:00 PM  ET, Monday, December 4, 2017
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

ROT TEAM PS OU ML
515 GOLDEN STATE (-110) (-110)
516 NEW ORLEANS

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN Bay Area (Golden State), FSN New Orleans
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PREDICTION: Warriors 113, Pelicans 109

Oddsmakers currently have the NEW ORLEANS listed as point favorites versus the GOLDEN STATE, while the game’s total is sitting at .

NEW ORLEANS — The Golden State Warriors have defeated the New Orleans Pelicans in two competitive games this season.

On Monday night at the Smoothie King Center, the Warriors will have the good fortune of not having to contend with one of the league’s best players.

New Orleans forward Anthony Davis was ruled out Sunday due to an injury to his left pelvis that occurred in the fourth quarter of a loss Friday night at Utah. With Davis sidelined on Saturday night, the Pelicans (12-11) upset the Trail Blazers 123-116 in Portland behind 38 points and 13 rebounds by DeMarcus Cousins and a combined 15 3-pointers.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (18-6): Golden State continued its season-long trend of dominating in the third quarter, outscoring the Heat 37-17 in the first 12 minutes after halftime. It marked the fourth time in 14 games the Warriors have won the period by at least 20 points, and Curry recorded 10 in the first four-plus minutes of the third quarter on Sunday. The two-time MVP finished 5-for-9 from beyond the arc and needs five 3-pointers to become the eighth player in NBA history with 2,000.

However, any extended absence for Davis would hurt the Pelicans chances of building a playoff contender.

“We preached before the (Portland) game, ‘No excuses,'” Cousins said. “My partner in crime (Davis) went out (Friday) night. With that being said, we kind of crumpled as a team (Friday) night, so we just tried to come in with no excuses and leave it all on the floor.”

Davis underwent an MRI exam Saturday in Portland, but it was described as inconclusive, leading to another MRI on Sunday.

After a lackluster 4-3 start, the Warriors, the defending NBA champions, have won 14 of their last 17 games. In rolling to a 123-95 win in Miami on Sunday, Golden State held the Heat to 59 points over the last three quarters and just 35 in the second half.

Stephen Curry led all scorers with 30 points, including 16 in the first quarter, and he was able to rest for the entire fourth quarter. The Warriors moved to 3-0 on their season-high, six-game road trip.

Warriors guard Shaun Livingston, who normally keeps his cool, was ejected by Courtney Kirkland after he bumped heads lightly with the referee while complaining that a foul should have been called on his shot attempt in the second quarter. League protocol is to review any incident in which a player makes contact with a referee for potential additional fines or suspensions.

ABOUT THE PELICANS (12-11): The injury to Davis may have helped New Orleans focus a bit more in the win at Portland. “I think it was a great team effort. We preached before the game, ‘No excuses,'” Cousins told reporters. “It stinks that my partner in crime, AD, went out last night. That being said, we kind of crumbled as a team the previous night. We just tried to come in with no excuses.” E’Twaun Moore made all four of his 3-point attempts en route to 19 points, marking the third time in four games he has hit exactly four from beyond the arc.

“I know he got fouled,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said of Livingston. “I didn’t see the (contact), but I know there was something else to it.”

In their two previous victories over the Pelicans, the Warriors won 128-120 in New Orleans on Oct. 20 and 110-95 at home on Nov. 25. Golden State has won 19 of its past 20 meetings with New Orleans.

Klay Thompson has made at least one 3-pointer in 78 consecutive games, which ties former Orlando Magic guard Dennis Smith for the fifth-longest 3-point streak in NBA history.

Playing without Davis, the Pelicans will have to rely on big numbers from Cousins and from a revitalized bench. Cousins has averaged 25.0 points on 47.1 percent shooting, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in two games against Golden State this season. Davis was the Pelicans’ most effective player against the Warriors, averaging 32.5 points and 15.0 rebounds in the two losses.

Thompson has led Golden State in scoring against New Orleans with 28.5 points per game, and Curry has added 27.5 points and 7.0 assists.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Pelicans PG Rajon Rondo is averaging 12.5 points, 11.5 assists and seven rebounds over his last two games.

2. Warriors F Kevin Durant scored 24 points Sunday and is averaging 26 in three contests since returning from an ankle injury.

3. Golden State SF Andre Iguodala (knee) has missed two straight games and is day-to-day.

STATS AND RECORDS

TEAM COMPARISON

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Golden State 18-6 W3 8-3 10-3 2-1 16-5 2-1 8-4
New Orleans 12-11 W1 5-5 7-6 0-1 12-10 2-1 8-8

LAST MEETING

Golden State New Orleans
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/25/17 NO 95 GS 110 110 44 41.5 95 45 40.5

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
GS S. Curry 27 36.0 6
NO A. Davis 30 54.5 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
GS D. Green 7 2 5
NO A. Davis 15 4 11
Assists Player
GS D. Green 8
NO J. Holiday 6
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
GS S. Curry 575 47.3 131
NO D. Cousins 652 45.9 150
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
GS D. Green 167 26 141
NO D. Cousins 309 48 261
Assists Player
GS D. Green 163
NO D. Cousins 135

STATS AND RECORDS

TEAM COMPARISON

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Minnesota 14-10 W1 8-4 6-6 1-0 13-10 4-1 11-4
Memphis 7-15 L11 4-8 3-7 1-1 6-14 4-6 7-9

LAST MEETING

Minnesota Memphis
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/4/17 MEM 107 MIN 99 99 45 41.7 107 42 41.6

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIN K. Towns 27 53.3 9
MEM J. Green 29 72.7 12
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIN K. Towns 15 5 10
MEM Z. Randolph 10 4 6
Assists Player
MIN T. Jones 6
MEM M. Conley 8
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIN K. Towns 502 52.2 91
MEM M. Gasol 415 42.1 90
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIN K. Towns 284 67 217
MEM M. Gasol 197 23 174
Assists Player
MIN J. Teague 164
MEM M. Gasol 93

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
BK S. Dinwiddie 15 50.0 2
ATL D. Schroder 24 45.8 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
BK D. Carroll 10 3 7
ATL E. Ilyasova 11 8 3
Assists Player
BK S. Dinwiddie 9
ATL D. Schroder 6
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
BK D. Carroll 289 42.9 62
ATL D. Schroder 418 45.4 60
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
BK D. Carroll 148 36 112
ATL J. Collins 164 71 93
Assists Player
BK S. Dinwiddie 133
ATL D. Schroder 138

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