Indiana Pacers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 1/4/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Monday, January 4, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+1.5)
The Indiana Pacers (4-2) travel to Smoothie King Center on Monday where they'll meet the New Orleans Pelicans (4-2). New Orleans opens this contest as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 218.
The Indiana Pacers took the court against the New York Knicks and took a loss by a final of 106-102 in their last game. Indiana finished the contest with a 40.5% FG percentage (34 out of 84) and made 19 of their 50 3-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Pacers made 15 of 18 attempts for a rate of 83.3%. With regard to rebounding, they earned 32 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 22 dimes for the game as well as getting 6 steals and 4 rejections. Pertaining to defense, Indiana allowed the other team to go 50.6% from the floor on 42 out of 83 shooting. New York distributed 23 dimes and had 4 steals for the contest. On top of that, the Knicks snagged 51 rebounds (10 offensive, 41 defensive) and got 3 blocked shots. New York shot 76.9% from the free throw line by making 10 of 13 shots. They also made 12 out of their 27 attempts from three-point range.
Malcolm Brogdon is one guy who was a major contributor for the contest. He was able to score 33 points on 12 of 18 shooting. He played for 41:17 mins and totaled 3 boards. Brogdon finished the game shooting 66.7% from the field and recorded 7 dimes. An additional guy that was a contributor in the matchup for the Pacers was Myles Turner. He snagged 4 boards and also had 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 46.7% from the floor for the game by shooting 7-of-15 (17 points). In all, Turner was on the court for 31:39 min.
Indiana heads into this matchup with a mark of 4-2 on the year. The Pacers are shooting 34.8% on shots from beyond the arc (71 of 204) and 75.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 114.3 points per contest (8th in the NBA) while going 49.4% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.8 times per contest and as a squad are committing 23.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Indiana is grabbing 41.3 rebounds per game and is sitting with 162 dimes for the year, which ranks 3rd in basketball in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Pacers are able to force 17.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.0 fouls. They relinquish 43.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 8th in the league in PPG allowed (106.8). The Pacers defense is giving up a FG percentage of 46.4% (102 of 114) and they surrender 43.0 boards per game as a unit. They rank 16th in the NBA in allowing assists with 135 surrendered this season.
When they last stepped on the court, the New Orleans Pelicans went home victorious with a score of 120-116 when they played the Toronto Raptors. The Pelicans collected 36 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive boards for a total of 51 in this contest. They blocked 7 tries while getting 5 steals for this game. The Raptors were called for 29 personal fouls for the contest which got the Pelicans to the charity stripe for a total of 47 shots. They were able to knock down 36 of those for a percentage of 76.6%. In regard to 3-point attempts, New Orleans converted 14 of 38 tries (36.8%). In all, the Pelicans ended up going 35 for 83 from the field which gave them a rate of 42.2%. The Pelicans permitted the Raptors to bury 38 out of their 91 tries from the floor which had them shooting 41.8% for this game. They shot 29.2% from three-point range by shooting 14 of 48 and walked away from this one shooting 26 of 27 from the free throw line (96.3%). In regard to cleaning up the glass, New Orleans permitted Toronto to collect 39 in all (10 offensive).
Brandon Ingram ended up being a factor for the Pelicans for the game. He converted 8 out of 17 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 47.1%, which gave him 31 points. Ingram grabbed 6 rebounds in his 35:20 minutes of playing time and tallied 4 assists in the game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for New Orleans was Zion Williamson. He totaled 21 points in 32:46 minutes played by going 7 of 12 from the floor in the matchup. Williamson walked away from this one going 58.3% from the floor while also earning 2 assists and 7 total rebounds.
New Orleans has a mark of 4-2 on the season. New Orleans has tallied 628 points on the year (104.7 per contest) and they pull in 48.7 boards per game. The Pelicans are committing 16.8 personal fouls per game and they hit 68.7% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Pelicans are shooting 44.7% from the field, which ranks them 19th in the NBA. They are dishing out assists 21.7 times per contest (27th in the league) and they are giving up possession 16.3 times per contest. The Pelicans are ranked 3rd in the NBA in points allowed per game with 102.0. They are forcing their opponents into 15.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 43.1% from the field (4th in the league). The New Orleans defense concedes 34.0% on 3-point attempts (89 of 262) and their opposition makes 81.7% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 25.0 dimes and 39.8 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 20th and 1st in basketball.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take New Orleans (-1.5) and under 218 points
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