New Orleans Pelicans @ Denver Nuggets 1/12/24 Free Pick, NBA Odds, NBA Predictions

New Orleans Pelicans (23-15) at Denver Nuggets (26-13)

Game Info: Friday, January 12th, 2024 at  10 p.m. EST (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Nuggets -8.5 (-112) - Over/Under (228.5)

Pick: Nuggets -8.5 (-112)

This is going to be one of the best games of the week here on Friday night in Denver as two of the top teams in the league face off here in this one. This is a potential early season preview of what could end up being an Western Conference finals matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Denver Nuggets here on Thursday night in Denver. Both of these franchises have put together fantastic starts to the regular season, and both of them have aspirations of winning an NBA championship this season as well. This will certainly be an early measuring stick for both of these teams as they look to pick up a crucial victory here in this game against each other. 

The New Orleans Pelicans have put together a quality regular season, and they will look to keep the momentum rolling throughout this game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. New Orleans has the potential to be one of the best teams in the league this season if they can remain healthy and consistent throughout the year but that is something they’ve struggled with throughout the first half of the season. As their superstars have all missed time and they’ve been inconsistent at times because of their absence and that is something that will need to change throughout the second half of the year if they want to remain a serious threat to win an NBA championship this season. 

New Orleans comes into this game with 23 victories through their first 38 games of the regular season and they will look to pick up their 24th victory of the year here on Friday night on the road against the defending NBA champions. They are currently sitting at sixth in the Western Conference standings, but all three of their superstars are listed as gametime decisions for this matchup on Friday night, which could be a problem for New Orleans if they go into Denver shorthand. They do have a little bit of momentum coming into this game as they are riding a two game winning streak after back-to-back victories, over the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors on the road.

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The Denver Nuggets are the defending NBA champions, and they have not experienced any type of championship hangover throughout the early part of the regular season. They have looked like one of the best teams in the league throughout the first half of the year and they will look to keep the momentum rolling throughout this game on Friday night at home against the New Orleans Pelicans. Denver comes into this game with 26 victories through their first 39 games of the regular season and they will look for their 27th victory of the season here on Friday night against another top team in the Western Conference. With a victory in this game, Denver could further establish themselves as a legitimate contender to win their second consecutive NBA championship this season. 

This is the third time these two teams will meet this season and the first time they met was in Denver, and it was the Denver Nuggets who came away with the victory as they have been very tough at home this season. They look to grab their second victory over New Orleans at home this season and their second victory of the four game season series with another quality performance here on Friday night from Nikola Jokić and his supporting cast. Denver currently find themselves sitting in third place of the Western Conference and they will look to move further up the standings where they quality performance against New Orleans here on Friday night. They come into this game, looking to bounce back after losing to the Utah by double digits in their previous game, and they will look to snap that losing streak and pick up a victory here in this one. 

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Denver is 15-4 at home this season 

- Denver is 25-11 as a favorite 

- Denver is 8-4 after a loss

I look for this to be a close and competitive game between two quality Western Conference teams but in the end I do look for the Denver Nuggets to pick up the victory here on Friday night. I look for the Denver Nuggets to defend their home court in this game against New Orleans and pick up a much-needed victory as they bounce back from their loss to the Utah Jazz in their previous contest. With all three of New Orleans superstar players, being gametime decisions coming into this when I expect their rules to be limited, and I expect Nikola Jokić to put on a show here in this one to lead the Denver Nuggets to victory. 

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