Cleveland Cavaliers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 12/28/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Bally Sports New Orleans
Smoothie King Center is the site where the New Orleans Pelicans (12-22) will compete against the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-13) on Tuesday.
The Cavaliers took the court against the Raptors and notched a win by a score of 144-99 in their last game. Cleveland ended having earned a 52.8% field goal percentage (56 of 106) and knocked down 22 of 52 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Cavaliers converted 10 of their 12 shots for a rate of 83.3%. In regard to pulling down rebounds, they earned 52 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 39 assists for this contest in addition to creating 3 turnovers and earning 12 steals. In terms of the defense, Cleveland let their opponent shoot 41.6% from the field on 37 of 89 shooting. Toronto earned 43 assists and had 24 steals in this matchup. In addition, Toronto pulled down 32 boards (11 offensive, 21 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Toronto ended up going 69.6% when shooting free throws by burying 16 of 23 shots. They made 9 of 36 attempts from three-point range. In regard to fouls, the Cavaliers finished with 17 and the Raptors totaled 21 fouls.
Kevin Love is one player who came through in the game. He ended up walking away with 22 points on 7 out of 12 shooting. He played for 18 mins and snagged 9 boards. Love finished the game at 58.3% from the floor and distributed 2 assists.
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Cleveland heads into this one with a win-loss record of 20-13 so far this season. They are averaging 107.9 points per game (16th in the NBA) while hitting 46.3% from the floor. The Cavaliers are connecting on 35.9% on three-point shots (418 of 1,165) and 79.4% from the free throw line. As a unit, Cleveland is pulling down 45.5 boards per contest and has accounted for 840 dimes for the year, which is 6th in basketball in terms of passing. They are turning it over 15.7 times per game and as a group they commit 17.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Cavaliers are forcing 14.7 turnovers every game and they draw 18.4 personal fouls. They surrender 32.3% on shots from distance and they are ranked 2nd in basketball in points per game allowed (101.4). The Cavaliers defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 44.0% (1,274 of 2,894) and they relinquish 43.1 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 13th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 776 surrendered this year.
For their last game, the Pelicans walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 117-112 against the Thunder. When it comes to attacking the glass, New Orleans allowed Oklahoma City to snag 40 in total (7 on the offensive side). They shot 36.1% from distance by going 13 out of 36 and finished the contest at 22 of 31 from the free throw line (71.0%). The Pelicans allowed the Thunder to make 41 out of 86 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 47.7% in the matchup. When the final whistle blew, the Pelicans went 39 for 94 from the field which gave them a percentage of 41.5%. In regard to 3-pointers, New Orleans made 10 out of their 41 attempts (24.4%). They were able to bury 24 of those for a rate of 85.7%. The Thunder had 12 fouls for the matchup which took the Pelicans to the free throw line for a total of 28 shots. They also coughed it up 10 times, while recording 10 steals for this contest. The Pelicans were able to collect 38 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 49 for the game.
Josh Hart pitched in for the Pelicans for this game. Hart tallied 29 points in his 38 minutes on the court and added 4 dimes in this matchup. He converted 10 out of 17 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 58.8%, and added 10 rebounds.
New Orleans has a win-loss record of 12-22 on the season. The Pelicans are committing 19.5 personal fouls every game and they hit 79.7% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 24.6 times per contest (10th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 14.9 times per game. New Orleans has totaled 3,569 points on the campaign (105.0 per game) and they collect 46.7 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Pelicans are shooting 43.6% from the field, which is 26th in the league.
The New Orleans defense surrenders 36.3% on 3-point shots (426 of 1,172) and their opponents are converting on 77.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 23.8 assists and 42.8 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 14th and 5th in the league. The Pelicans on the defensive end are ranked 22nd in the league in points allowed per game with 109.6. They are able to force 13.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 46.8% from the floor (26th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New Orleans
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