Brooklyn Nets vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 4/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn (-5.5)
The Brooklyn Nets (38-19) head to Smoothie King Center on Tuesday where they'll meet the New Orleans Pelicans (25-32). Brooklyn opens this game as 5.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 225.
The Brooklyn Nets played the Miami Heat and ended up losing by a score of 109-107 in their last contest. Brooklyn wrapped up the contest with a 47.6% field goal percentage (39 out of 82) and converted 17 of their 43 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Nets buried 12 of 18 attempts for a rate of 66.7%. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they earned 38 with 8 of them being offensive. They also dished out 26 assists for the game while creating 17 turnovers and getting 10 steals. Concerning defense, Brooklyn allowed the other team to go 44.2% from the field on 38 of 86 shooting. Miami distributed 28 assists and had 9 steals for this contest. In addition, Miami pulled down 53 rebounds (16 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 6 rejections. Miami finished the game at 81.0% at the free throw line by burying 17 of their 21 attempts. They also made 16 of 39 attempts from long range.
Kyrie Irving is one player who was a major contributor in this contest. He ended up finishing with 20 points on 6 of 19 shooting. He was on the court for 37:35 mins and also pulled down 4 boards. Irving walked away from this one shooting 31.6% from the floor and also dished out 9 dimes. Another guy that was a factor in this game for the Nets was Joe Harris. He grabbed 2 rebounds in his 32:57 minutes played. He finished the game shooting 41.7% from the field in the matchup by shooting 5-of-12 (12 points). When the final whistle blew, Harris had 3 assists.
Brooklyn enters this matchup with a mark of 38-19 on the campaign. The Nets are shooting 39.1% on shots from downtown (806 of 2,063) and 80.4% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 118.8 pts per game (2nd in basketball) while hitting 49.5% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 13.9 times per game and as a squad are committing 19.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Brooklyn is pulling in 44.2 boards per game and has totaled 1,529 dimes for the campaign, which is 2nd in basketball in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Nets are forcing 12.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.8 fouls. They are currently ranked 14th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,396 conceded on the campaign. The Nets defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 46.3% (732 of 1,074) and they concede 42.3 boards per game as a unit. They concede 36.6% on three-point shots and they are ranked 22nd in basketball in opponents PPG (114.2).
The last time they took the court, the New Orleans Pelicans took a loss by a final score of 122-112 when they faced the New York Knicks. The Pelicans were able to snag 32 defensive rebounds and 20 offensive boards for a total of 52 in this contest. They also turned the ball over 12 times, while recording 6 steals in this contest. The Knicks were called for 26 fouls in this matchup which got the Pelicans to the free throw line for a total of 30 attempts. They were able to bury 24 of them for a percentage of 80.0%. In relation to shots from beyond the perimeter, New Orleans buried 6 out of their 27 tries (22.2%). When this game wrapped up, the Pelicans finished 41 out of 101 from the floor which gave them a rate of 40.6%. The Pelicans permitted the Knicks to knock down 45 out of their 95 attempts from the floor which had them at 47.4% for this game. They shot 37.9% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 11 of 29 and finished the contest at 21 out of 24 at the free throw line (87.5%). In relation to how they cleaned up the glass, New Orleans permitted New York to snag 49 in total (13 offensive).
Zion Williamson was important for the Pelicans for this contest. He converted 13 of 23 in this contest for a rate of 56.5%, and earned 9 rebounds. Williamson earned 34 points in his 41:41 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 5 assists in this game. Someone else who was a determining factor for New Orleans was Eric Bledsoe. He finished this one with 4 assists in his 38:11 mins on the court, and he put in 8 out of 20 from the floor. Bledsoe finished going 40.0% from the field while earning 22 points and 4 boards.
New Orleans has a mark of 25-32 for the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Pelicans are hitting on 47.9% from the field, which has them ranked 8th in the NBA. New Orleans has accounted for 6,526 pts so far this year (114.5 per contest) and they average 47.0 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 26.0 times per game (10th in the league) and they turn it over 14.4 times per game. The Pelicans commit 17.8 personal fouls per game and they hit 73.8% from the charity stripe. The Pelicans on the defensive side of the court are 27th in basketball in PPG given up with 115.1. The New Orleans defense allows 38.9% on shots from beyond the arc (840 of 2,159) and their opponents are making 79.2% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 26.1 assists and 40.8 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 27th and 1st in basketball. They are forcing their opponents into 13.0 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.2% from the field (24th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Brooklyn (-5.5)
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