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Pelicans vs 76ers NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: New Orleans Pelicans at Philadelphia 76ers
  • Where: Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center
  • Date: Monday, January 2nd
  • Betting Odds PHI -5.5, NO +180 | PHI -222 O/U 231.0

So far, the Pelicans have put together an overall record of 23-13, while going 19-17-0 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.

New Orleans is trying to bounce back from a 116-101 loss to the Grizzlies. Going into this game, the team was 6 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. The game got away from New Orleans in the 2nd half, as the Grizzlies extended their 3 point halftime lead to grab a 15 point win. Leading the team in scoring was Zion Williamson, as he contributed 20 points while hitting 37.5% of his shots.

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The 76ers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 21-14. So far, the team has gone 20-14-1 against the spread. In their previous 3 games, the 76ers are averaging 114 points per game while allowing 113. This has led to a record of 1-2.

The 76ers will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Thunder by a score of 115-96. Heading into the game, they were 2 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Philadelphia went on to win the game, as they led by 26 heading into halftime. In the win, Tobias Harris led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 58.8%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Last year, the Pelicans saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the 76ers, averaging 102.0 points per game. As for New Orleans, they actually improved their points per game numbers in head-to-head matchups, averaging 117.0 points per contest against the 76ers. Across the last 5 matchups between the teams, New Orleans has gone 4-1 vs the spread. However, the 76ers actually have a positive scoring margin in these games at +3 points per game. A combined average of 217 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

Coming into today’s action, New Orleans is averaging 117.6 points per contest. This figure places them 3rd in the league. In terms of pace, the Pelicans are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.3 possessions per game. A key aspect of the team’s offensive success is their ability to pair an up-tempo style of play with efficient outside shooting. So far, they are the 12th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.

On defense, the Pelicans will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 13th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

Power-Foward Zion Williamson currently leads the Pelicans at 26.0 points per game. For the season, he is 24th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 18.3% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Williamson is averaging 7.0 boards and 4.5 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 27th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. CJ McCollum enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 32 games, he is averaging 19.8 and is 135th in the league in player efficiency rating.

For the season, the 76ers offensive unit is ranked just 21st in scoring at 111.9 points per contest. The 76ers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.6 made 3’s per game. Despite shooting the ball well from outside, Philadelphia has not done a good job taking care of the ball. So far, they are averaging 13.9 turnovers per game.

Against the Pelicans, the 76ers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 8th ranked unit at 107.33 points per game.

On offense, Joel Embiid leads the 76ers in scoring at 33.2 points per game, placing him 2nd in the NBA. Overall, Embiid has hit 52.8% of his shots while accounting for 25.1% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 17th in points allowed to centers. At 16.8 points per game, Tobias Harris is the 2nd leading scorer for the 76ers. For the season, he is 132nd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 49.8%.

Pelicans vs 76ers Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: 76ers -5.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 231.0

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