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2022 NBA playoffs: Pelicans vs. Spurs prediction, odds, line, play-in tournament picks by model on 85-55 run

The San Antonio Spurs (34-48) travel to play the New Orleans Pelicans (36-46) in the 2022 NBA Playoffs play-in tournament on Wednesday night. The winner of this contest will play the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Both teams ended the regular season on losing streaks. San Antonio dropped three straight, while New Orleans lost two in a row. 

Tip-off is at 9:30 p.m. ET at the Smoothie King Center. New Orleans is favored by 5.5-points in the latest Spurs vs. Pelicans odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 224. Before locking in any Pelicans vs. Spurs picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters the 2022 NBA playoffs on a stunning 85-55 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning almost $2,400. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Spurs vs. Pelicans and revealed its coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see all of the model’s NBA picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Spurs vs. Pelicans:

  • Spurs vs. Pelicans spread: New Orleans -5.5 
  • Spurs vs. Pelicans over-under: 224 points 
  • Spurs vs. Pelicans money line: San Antonio +180, New Orleans -220 
  • NO: The Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight-up loss 
  • SA: The Spurs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win

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Why the Pelicans can cover

Forward Brandon Ingram (hamstring) is listed as probable for Wednesday’s contest. Ingram is an agile, instinctive, and impressive scorer. The Duke product can score at all three levels and can win one-on-one matchups consistently. He also has the court vision to set his teammates up. Ingram averages 22.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. He logged 25-plus points in five of his last eight games. On April 1, Ingram produced 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. 

Guard Devonte’ Graham is a solid contributor off the bench. Graham is a good passer, can create his own shot, and helps on the defensive end with his fair share of steals. He averages 11.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. On March 24, the Kansas product notched 30 points, four assists, and knocked down five 3-pointers. 

Why the Spurs can cover

Guard Dejounte Murray is an all-around threat. Murray has superb length and athleticism, helping him make things hard on opposing guards. The Washington product also orchestrates the offense while consistently getting his own shot. Murray has been a triple-double threat, logging 21.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game. The 2016 first-round pick was ranked second in the league in triple-doubles (13). On March 28, Murray finished with 33 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists. 

Forward Keldon Johnson plays solid defense on the perimeter and can get a bucket when needed. Johnson is averaging 17 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He has a smooth shooting stroke, knocking down 40 percent of his attempts from downtown. The Kentucky product has scored 20-plus points in nine straight games. On April 3, Johnson recorded 28 points, two rebounds, and went 6-for-12 from three. 

How to make Spurs vs. Pelicans picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 226 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s Pelicans vs. Spurs pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Spurs vs. Pelicans? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.

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