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76ers vs Pelicans NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Philadelphia 76ers at New Orleans Pelicans
- Where: New Orleans at Smoothie King Center
- Date: Friday, December 30th
- Betting Odds NO -1.5, PHI +100 | NO -120 O/U 226.5
The 76ers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 20-13. So far, the team has gone 19-13-1 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
The 76ers are coming off a disappointing 116-111 loss to the Wizards. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 4 points. Philadelphia got off to a slow start, trailing by 11 points going into halftime. In the loss, Joel Embiid led the team in scoring with 48 points on a field goal percentage of 53.1%.
So far, the Pelicans have put together an overall record of 22-12, while going 18-16-0 vs the spread. The Pelicans entered today’s game having picked up 4 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 8.25 points per game.
New Orleans is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Timberwolves. Going into the game, they were 6 point favorites against the spread. Their 119-118 victory was not enough to cover. New Orleans was able to come home with the win due to strong 2nd half effort. Heading into the 2nd half, the team faced a 6 point deficit. Leading the team in scoring was Zion Williamson, as he contributed 43 points while hitting 66.7% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Last season, the 76ers and Pelicans played 2 games against each other, with Philadelphia coming away with a win in each game. In game 1, they won by a score of 117-97, while adding a 117-117 victory in game 2. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the 76ers averaged 117.0 points per game vs New Orleans, which was an increase over their season-long average. However, the Pelicans actually averaged fewer points per game than their season-long mark. Across their head-to-head matchups with Philadelphia, the team averaged 102.0 points per game. In terms of betting vs the spread, the Pelicans have gone 3-1-1, but the 76ers actually have a positive scoring differential. In these meetings, Philadelphia has averaged 110 points per contest, while allowing 104. A combined average of 214 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 33 games, Philadelphia is averaging 111.7 points per game (21st). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the 76ers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.8 per contest. Although the 76ers have a current effective field goal percentage of 55.1%, their below average pace of play is a key factor behind their mediocre scoring numbers.
So far, the 76ers have played well defensively, as they are ranked 8th in the league at 107.33 points per contest.
This season, the 76ers offense has primarily worked through Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 25 games, Embiid is 1st in the NBA at 33.7 points per game. So far, him and Harris have accounted for 41% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 50.300000000000004 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Tobias Harris is grabbing 6.2 rebounds for Philadelphia to go along with 2.7 assists.
New Orleans will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 117.8 points per game (3rd). For the season, the Pelicans have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 7th in the NBA in possessions per game.. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 2nd team in made field goals per contest.
Against the 76ers, the Pelicans will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 13th in points allowed.
This season, the Pelicans offense has primarily worked through Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 26 games, Williamson is 19th in the NBA at 25.8 points per game. So far, him and McCollum have accounted for 38% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 45.2 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, CJ McCollum is grabbing 5.1 rebounds for New Orleans to go along with 6.1 assists.
76ers vs Pelicans Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: 76ers +1.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 226.5
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