Pelicans vs Wizards Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Saturday, January 28, 2023

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A contest featuring one of the colder teams in the NBA will see the New Orleans Pelicans (26-23, 2-8 during their last 10) take on the Washington Wizards (22-26) at Smoothie King Center on January 28, 2023. Despite their recent struggles, the Pelicans are 4.5-point favorites. A 230.5-point over/under is installed for the matchup.

How to bet Pelicans vs. Wizards

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Washington Wizards Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 4.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Pelicans as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Pelicans have -193 odds to pick up the win, while the Wizards are listed at +162 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 230.5 points.

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Pelicans vs. Wizards Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, January 28, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Arena: Smoothie King Center

Pelicans vs. Wizards Betting Trends

The Pelicans have 24 wins against the spread in 49 games this year. New Orleans has been the favorite in 26 games this season and has come away with the win 18 times (69.2%) in those contests. The Pelicans have eclipsed the over/under in 56.2% of their opportunities this year (27 times in 48 games with a set point total).

In the Wizards’ 48 games this season, they have 22 wins against the spread. Washington has been the moneyline underdog 31 total times this season. DC has gone 12-19 in those games. The Wizards have gone over the point total 50% of the time this year (24 of 48 games with a set point total).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Pelicans Leaders
CJ McCollum 44 21.2 4.5 5.8 1 0.6 3
Brandon Ingram 16 20.3 5.1 4.7 0.9 0.6 1.8
Jonas Valančiūnas 49 14.8 9.9 1.6 0.3 0.6 0.6
Trey Murphy III 46 12.5 3.8 1.3 1 0.5 2.2
Naji Marshall 44 10.4 3.8 2.5 0.8 0.3 1.1


Wizards Leaders
Bradley Beal 28 22.3 3.4 5.1 0.9 0.6 1.5
Kyle Kuzma 47 22.2 7.6 3.9 0.5 0.5 2.6
Kristaps Porzingis 41 22.1 8.8 2.4 0.9 1.5 1.9
Monte Morris 41 10.4 3.4 5.4 0.7 0.2 1.3
Corey Kispert 40 9.5 2.9 1.4 0.6 0.1 1.8
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Pelicans vs. Wizards Injury Report

Wizards: Kristaps Porzingis: Doubtful (Ankle)

What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans

On offense, New Orleans is averaging 115.3 points per game (11th-ranked in league). It is surrendering 113.1 points per contest at the other end (14th-ranked). At home, the Pelicans are scoring 0.9 fewer points per game (114.9) than they are when playing on the road (115.8). The Pelicans’ offense has been less productive over their last 10 games, putting up 108.6 points a contest compared to the 115.3 they’ve averaged this year.

With 11 three-pointers per game, New Orleans is 23rd in the NBA. It owns a 35.8% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 17th in the league. In terms of shot breakdown, the Pelicans have taken 65.1% two-pointers (accounting for 73.8% of the team’s baskets) and 34.9% threes (26.2%).

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What you need to know about the Washington Wizards

Washington puts up 112.7 points per game and give up 113.4, making them 20th in the NBA offensively and 16th on defense. The Wizards score 113.3 points per game at home, and 112.2 away. While the Wizards are posting 112.7 points per game in 2022-23, they have improved that mark over their previous 10 games, tallying 115 a contest.

In 2022-23, Washington is 22nd in the league in 3-point makes (11.1 per game) and 21st in 3-point percentage (34.9%). The Wizards take 63.4% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 36.6% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 73.3% of the Wizards’ buckets are 2-pointers, and 26.7% are 3-pointers.

Our prediction to win this contest is the Pelicans, and we predict that Wizards will cover the spread (Pelicans -4.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 230.5 points.

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Dan Smullen

Hailing all the way from Dublin, Ireland, Dan Smullen has BSC. in the Sports and Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick. He is data obsessed. In the past he has worked both as a video performance analyst and provided biometric performance testing and analysis for professional rugby teams. Dan is obsessed about helping the average punter become more successful at sports betting through the assistance of good sports betting data analysis. He has worked with over 200 journalists at multiple editorial teams in his previous role as Head of Search for the largest national news publisher in Ireland.

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