Nuggets vs. Pelicans Sharp Betting Pick: How Pro Bettors Are Reacting to Zion Williamson’s Stellar NBA Debut

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Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images. Pictured: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans

Zion Williamson’s NBA Debut was even better than expected Wednesday against the Spurs. Zion ripped off 17 straight fourth-quarter points and nailed all four of his 3-point attempts to finish with 22 points in just 18 minutes.

Sharp bettors made the most of Williamson’s performance, cashing as the game barely finished over the total.

The Pelicans are back in action tonight against the Nuggets, and again, this game is already among Friday’s most heavily bet NBA matchups.


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It’s not just casual bettors jumping at the chance to back Zion again, as smart money is showing up for a second straight Pelicans matchup.

Are the pros backing New Orleans following Zion’s impressive debut or are they fading the hype?

Let’s take a look.

Nuggets vs. Pelicans Sharp Betting Pick

This total opened at 231 and a slight majority (56%) bets have landed on the under.

Sharps are overwhelming hitting the under as well, and this makes sense as tonight’s total is offering the classic contrarian value bet.

Sports Insights’ Bet Signals are reporting two separate instances of money from respected bettors coming in on the under, which isn’t all that surprising.

Fans and bettors alike tuned into Zion’s debut and came away flabbergasted, especially with Williamson’s performance from downtown.

Mainstream sports media has run with this as well over the past 48 hours, meaning it’s reasonable to assume this line is a bit inflated.

With smart money pounding the under, this total now sits at 229.5 and is even down to 228.5 in some spots.

Sharp angle: Under (moved from 231 to 229.5)

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