Check out our free Nets vs Pelicans pick and preview for this NBA game in New Orleans. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.

Nets vs Pelicans NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Brooklyn Nets at New Orleans Pelicans
  • Where: New Orleans at Smoothie King Center
  • Date: Friday, January 6th
  • Betting Odds NO +4.5, BKN -192 | NO +158 O/U 231.5

So far, the Nets have put together an overall record of 25-13, while going 19-18-1 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Brooklyn has an overall record of 2-1, including going 2-1 against the spread.

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In their previous game, the Nets were favored to win vs the Bulls. However, their 121-112 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. Brooklyn got off to a slow start, trailing by 10 points going into halftime. In the loss, Kevin Durant led the team in scoring with 44 points on a field goal percentage of 68.2%.

So far, the Pelicans have put together an overall record of 24-14, while going 20-18-0 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, New Orleans has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.

The Pelicans will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Rockets by a score of 119-108. Heading into the game, they were 7 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. New Orleans played well enough in the second half to prevent the Rockets from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 23 going into halftime. In the win, CJ McCollum led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 47.6%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Nets averaged 120.0 points per game vs New Orleans, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Nets saw a boost in scoring, the Pelicans averaged 108.5 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Brooklyn. This figure was similar to season-long average. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Nets have averaged 124 points per game compared to 117 for New Orleans. This has led to an ATS record of 3-2 for Brooklyn. The over-under record in these same games is 4-1, with the teams combining for an average of 241 points per game.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Nets come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 115.1 points per game (12th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Nets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.3 per contest. Even though the team has preferred to play at a slower pace, their effective field goal percentage of 58.6% has helped them with their overall scoring numbers.

Against the Pelicans, the Nets will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 18th in points allowed.

On offense, Kevin Durant leads the Nets in scoring at 29.9 points per game, placing him 7th in the NBA. Overall, Durant has hit 56.8% of his shots while accounting for 22.4% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 14th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 26.2 points per game, Kyrie Irving is the 2nd leading scorer for the Nets. For the season, he is 38th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 49.5%.

New Orleans will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 117.5 points per game (3rd). In terms of pace, the Pelicans are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.1 possessions per game. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 8th team in made field goals per contest.

Currently, the Pelicans defense is ranked 13th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 110.28 points per game vs the unit.

New Orleans will be counting CJ McCollum to put together a strong scoring performance vs the Brooklyn, as Zion Williamson has been ruled out for today’s game. So far, Williamson leads the team in scoring at 26.0 points per game. McCollum is 2nd on the team at 20.2 points per contest, which sits 52.0th in the NBA. In his 34 games, he has hit 42.4% of his field goal attempts, and is grabbing 4.7 rebounds per game.

Nets vs Pelicans Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Nets -4.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 231.5

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