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Betting odds: New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets
- Spread: Nuggets -9
- Over/Under: 229.5
- Time: 9 p.m. ET
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Two of the most exciting, up-and-coming teams in the West, the Pelicans and Nuggets, will face off in Denver tonight. The Pels are coming off a blowout loss to the Jazz without superstar Anthony Davis, who is out again tonight. What’s his value to this team and the spread? Our analysts discuss.
Injury Watch: Anthony Davis
DFS: Davis and Darius Miller (quad) have both been ruled out of Monday’s contest vs. the Nuggets, while Julius Randle (foot) remains probable.
Jrue Holiday has seen the biggest bump with Davis off the floor this season, increasing his usage rate by +4.7%. He’s been plagued by some awful shooting numbers to start the season, but he still seems like a major value at $6,700 on DraftKings.
Randle will likely enter the starting lineup, although he played just 18.5 minutes with Davis out of the lineup in the Pelicans’ last game. That said, that game turned into a blowout quickly, so he should see more minutes if today’s game stays competitive.
Unfortunately, their matchup vs. the Nuggets is a difficult one: Denver ranks third in defensive efficiency to begin the season. This game isn’t guaranteed to stay competitive with Davis out of the lineup. — Matt LaMarca
Betting: Based on our proprietary power ratings, which update every Tuesday, we have the Nuggets as about 4- to 4.5-point favorites at home against the Pelicans. That assumes Davis is healthy, however, and oddsmakers have said that Brow is worth about five points to the spread. — Bryan Mears