Pelicans vs Knicks 1/10/2020 NBA Prediction, Pick, Tips
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs New York Knicks
Date: Friday, January 10, 2020
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans -1.5
RJ Barrett and the New York Knicks (10-28, 5th in the Atlantic Division) play the New Orleans Pelicans (13-25, 5th in the Southwest Division) at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 10, 2020. New Orleans opens this game as 1.5 point favorites. The O/U is set at 220.
The Pelicans are covering the spread 47.2% of the time, having gone 17-19-2 ATS. New York covers the spread 50.0% of the time, going 19-19-0 against the spread.
Key New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
10/18/19 PF Zion Williamson Knee is out indefinitely
01/08/20 PG Jrue Holiday Elbow is questionable Friday vs New York
01/08/20 G Kenrich Williams Back is questionable Friday vs New York
Key New York Knicks Injuries
01/08/20 PF Marcus Morris Neck is downgraded to doubtful Wednesday vs Utah
01/08/20 C Julius Randle Personal is out Wednesday vs Utah
Lonzo Ball averages 12.0 points per game in 29.2 minutes per contest. He averages 5.5 assists per contest and 5.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 41% for the year while his free throw percentage is 54%. Brandon Ingram comes into this contest averaging 25.3 points per game while playing 34.3 minutes per night. He pulls down 6.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage is at 87%.
Julius Randle averages 18.5 points per game and he sees the court an average of 32.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 9.1 rebounds per contest and 3.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 70%. RJ Barrett averages 13.8 points per game while playing 31.4 minutes per contest. He grabs 5.1 rebounds per game and has 2.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is at 58%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Pelicans allow 116.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 28th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 23rd and 24th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.1 rebounds a game which ranks 17th, and they give up 24.4 assists per contest which puts them in 20th place in the league. They force 15.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the league. New Orleans averages 113.1 points per contest this season, which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -3.6 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 21st. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 7th in the league. They average 45.7 rebounds per game and 25.0 assists per contest, which ranks them 15th and 10th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 11th with 15.3 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Knicks surrender 112.3 points per contest, which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 39% average from 3-point range, ranking them 19th and 30th in those defensive statistics. They rank 16th with 24.1 assists allowed per contest, and 23rd with 46.4 rebounds surrendered per game. The Knicks are 7th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.0 per game. New York is 29th in the league with 104.2 points per game this year. They are 26th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -8.1. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 22nd in the NBA. They are 9th in the league in rebounding with 46.3 boards per game and 29th in assists per contest with 20.9. The Knicks are 21st in turnovers per game with 14.2.
The Pelicans are 19th in the league in defensive rating with 112.5, and their offensive rating of 109.1 is ranked 25th. They are 6th in the NBA in pace with 102.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 14th. As a unit they are 19th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shot attempts, ranking 5th in the NBA. New Orleans is 14th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 9th in the NBA.
New York is 21st in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 6th in the NBA. The Knicks are 27th in the league in defensive rating with 113.2, and their offensive rating of 105 is ranked 26th. They are 21st in the NBA in pace with 99 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 28th. As a unit they are 30th in the league in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 26th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Pelicans/Knicks NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New Orleans -1.5
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