Sunday, December 18, 2016
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The New Orleans Pelicans travel to AT&T Center to play the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, December 18, 2016. The Pelicans come into this game with an overall record of 9-19. They are 4th in the Southwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -4.5 as they are averaging 102.6 points per game while giving up 107.1 per contest. The Spurs have an overall record of 21-5. They currently are 1st in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 103.7 points per game and surrendering 97.7, good for a point differential of 6.0.
Jrue Holiday comes into this contest averaging 15.3 points per game while playing 30.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Pelicans. He pulls down 3.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 66%. Anthony Davis averages 30.2 points per game in 37.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.2 assists per contest and 11.2 rebounds per game for New Orleans. His field goal percentage is 50% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Lamarcus Aldridge averages 16.3 points per game while playing 32.2 minutes per contest this year for the Spurs. He grabs 6.7 rebounds per game and has 1.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage currently is at 81%. Kawhi Leonard averages 24.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 6 rebounds per contest and 3.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 92%.
New Orleans averages 102.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 20th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -4.5 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 23rd. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 26th in the league. They average 53.1 rebounds per game and 22.6 assists per game which ranks them 12th and 9th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 11th with 13.3 per game. The Pelicans allow 107.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 24th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 11th and 13th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 56.6 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 24.9 assists per contest which puts them in 29th place in the league. They force 13.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 20th in the league.
San Antonio averages 103.7 points per game this year which ranks them 18th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 6 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them sitting in the 5th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 40% which is good for 3rd in the NBA. They average 49.5 rebounds per game and 23.5 assists per contest which ranks them 28th and 6th respectively. In the turnover department the Spurs rank 10th with 13.2 per game. The Spurs allow 97.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 4th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 12th and 6th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 47.9 rebounds a game which ranks 1st and they give up 21.3 assists per contest which puts them in 7th place in the league. The Spurs force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the NBA.
The Pelicans have an offensive rating of 102.2 and a defensive rating of 106.7. In terms of pace they average 98.2 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 29% of their shots. New Orleans turns the ball over an average of 12 times per 100 possessions and they force 12 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%.
The Spurs rating on offense is 110.5 and they have a defensive rating of 104.1. They get 93.9 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 52%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they attempt 3 pointers on 27% of their shot attempts. San Antonio turns the ball over on 12.6 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.5 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%.
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
The New Orleans Pelicans are 12-15-1 against the spread
The New Orleans Pelicans are 14-14-0 against the over/under
San Antonio Spurs Betting Trends
The San Antonio Spurs are 14-12-0 against the spread
The San Antonio Spurs are 14-12-0 against the over/under
New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
12/17/16 F Anthony Davis Leg injured last game, "?" Sunday vs. San Antonio
12/17/16 F Solomon Hill Personal "?" Sunday vs. San Antonio
11/25/16 F Dante Cunningham Knee expected to miss 4-6 weeks
10/22/16 F Quincy Pondexter Knee out indefinitely
San Antonio Spurs Injuries
No key injuries to report
Tony's Pick: Take San Antonio -4.5
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