New Orleans Pelicans vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 12/13/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Philadelphia 76ers
Date: Friday, December 13, 2019
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia -4.5
Wells Fargo Center is the venue where Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers (18-7, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) will play the New Orleans Pelicans (6-19, 5th in the Southwest Division) on Friday. Philadelphia opens this contest as 4.5 point favorites. The over/under opens at 222.
The Pelicans are covering 36.0% of the time, having gone 9-16-0 ATS. Philadelphia is covering 47.8% of the time, going 11-12-2 against the spread.
Key New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
12/11/2019 Derrick Favors PF Personal Expected to be out until at least Dec 13
12/10/2019 Zylan Cheatham SF Undisclosed Game Time Decision
12/6/2019 Zion Williamson SF Knee Expected to be out until at least Jan 3
8/29/2019 Darius Miller SF Achilles Expected to be out until at least Apr 1
Key Philadelphia 76ers Injuries
12/11/2019 Zhaire Smith SG Leg Game Time Decision
12/10/2019 Jonah Bolden PF Achilles Game Time Decision
Jrue Holiday comes into this game averaging 19.3 points per contest while playing 35.9 minutes per night this year. He grabs 5.0 rebounds per contest and distributes 6.6 assists per game. His FG percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is 67%. Brandon Ingram averages 24.9 points per contest in 33.7 minutes per game. He averages 3.8 assists per game and 7.1 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 49% for the season while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Joel Embiid scores 22.0 points per contest while playing 30.4 minutes per game. He hauls in 12.4 rebounds per contest and has 3.1 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 81%. Tobias Harris averages 19.2 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 34.2 minutes per game. He also brings in 7.0 rebounds per game and has 3.2 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Useful Team Statistics
New Orleans averages 112.7 points per contest, which is 10th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -7.1 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 21st. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 11th in the NBA. They average 44.2 boards per contest and 24.7 assists per game, which ranks them 20th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 6th with 16.3 per game. The Pelicans allow 119.8 points per contest, which is 29th in the NBA. They also surrender a 48% shooting percentage and a 38% average from 3-point range, ranking them 26th and 25th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 46.6 rebounds a game which ranks 26th, and they allow 25.0 assists per game which puts them in 22nd place in the league. They force 15.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 20th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Philadelphia is 16th in the NBA with 109.6 points per contest this season. They are 3rd in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 6.16. They shoot 37% from beyond the arc, which is good for 9th in the league. They are 9th in the NBA in rebounding with 46.3 boards per contest and 3rd in assists per game with 26.8. The 76ers are 3rd in turnovers per contest with 16.5. The 76ers give up 103.5 points per game, which ranks them 3rd in the league. Their defense surrenders a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 15th and 13th in those defensive statistics. They rank 1st with 20.7 dimes allowed per game and 1st with 39.4 boards surrendered per contest. The 76ers are 18th in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.4 per contest this year.
The Pelicans are 20th in the league in defensive rating with 114.2, and their offensive rating of 107.4 is ranked 26th. They are 4th in the NBA in pace with 104.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 12th. As a unit they are 17th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shot attempts, ranking 4th in the NBA. New Orleans is 8th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 55%, which is 5th in the NBA.
Philadelphia is 5th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 18th in the league. The 76ers are 16th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109, and their defensive rating of 102.9 is ranked 4th. In terms of pace they are 17th in the league with 100.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 7th. As a team they are 9th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 25th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Pelicans/76ers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Philadelphia -4.5
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