Pelicans vs Warriors Picks and Predictions: Flightless Birds

May 14, 2021 |
By: Zachary Cohen
Pelicans vs Warriors Picks and Predictions: Flightless Birds
The Warriors have to hold off the Grizzlies to maintain a higher play-in seed, and will have a great opportunity tonight against a depleted Pelicans squad with nothing to play for.
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The Warriors have to hold off the Grizzlies to maintain a higher play-in seed, and will have a great opportunity tonight against a depleted Pelicans squad with nothing to play for.
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The New Orleans Pelicans have nothing to play for when they take on the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California on Friday, May 14. This game tips at 9:30 p.m. ET, and the Warriors will actually be desperate for a victory. Golden State needs to hold on to the eighth seed in the Western Conference and winning out would help them do that.

Will New Orleans find a way to spoil things for Golden State? Find out in our Pelicans vs. Warriors picks and predictions. 

(Editor's Note: This preview was written and published prior to Friday's news that Golden State will rest Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins for tonight's game.)

Pelicans vs Warriors game info

Location: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
Date: Friday, May 14, 2021
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET

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Golden State landed on DraftKings' odds board as 5.5-point chalk and stretched to -6.5 early, but then came news that the Warriors are resting Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins tonight. That sent the number tumbling to pick 'em. And yet the Warriors are still getting 91 percent of tickets and 89 percent of cash on the spread, as of 6:30 p.m. ET. The total also plunged, from 229.5 to 221, with 66 percent of tickets on the Over and 68 percent of dollars on the Under.

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Pelicans: F Brandon Ingram (questionable), G Lonzo Ball (out), C Steven Adams (questionable), F Zion Williamson (out), G Josh Hart (out).
Warriors: F Kelly Oubre Jr. (out), G Damion Lee (out), C James Wiseman (out), F Eric Paschall (out), G Klay Thompson (out).
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The Warriors have covered in six of their last seven games. Find more NBA betting trends for Pelicans vs. Warriors.

Against the spread (ATS) pick

Golden State is definitely the chalkier pick in this game, but how could you back a New Orleans team that doesn’t stand to gain anything from a win? The Pelicans are officially eliminated from play-in tournament contention and would actually be better off losing this game in order to improve their odds in the NBA Draft Lottery. Meanwhile, the Warriors can hold off the Grizzlies for the eighth spot in the Western Conference by continuing to win games. 

Without Zion Williamson, the Pelicans are also short on talent against this Warriors team. Even if Brandon Ingram ends up playing, New Orleans is going to have to find a way to keep up with Steph Curry, who has been flat-out remarkable this season. Also, Andrew Wiggins has been a menace defensively in isolation this year, so he should be able to make things difficult on Ingram here. 

Realistically speaking, there’s a chance that New Orleans’ young guys, like Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis Jr., come out and play hard in the extended minutes they don’t normally get during the year, but it’s hard to pick against a Warriors team that needs this win and also happens to be cruising lately. 

PREDICTION: Warriors -5.5 (-110) 

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Over/Under pick

The Pelicans and Warriors met twice early in May, and both of those games went Under the total. This one should be somewhat similar, especially with the Pelicans missing some of their best players. Also, this game has all the makings of a potential blowout, and that would play right into the hands of Under bettors. Games that get out of hand tend to slow down later in the second half. 

PREDICTION: Under 230.5 (-110)

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Pelicans vs Warriors betting card

  • Warriors -5.5 (-110) 
  • Under 230.5 (-110)

Picks made on 5/14/2021 at 1:40 a.m. ET

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