New Orleans Pelicans vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 4/11/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (-5.5)
The New Orleans Pelicans (23-29) travel to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Sunday where they'll meet the Cleveland Cavaliers (19-32). New Orleans opens this game as 5.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 230.
The New Orleans Pelicans faced the Philadelphia 76ers and took home the win by a score of 101-94 in their last game. New Orleans ended with a 43.3% field goal percentage (39 of 90) and knocked down 4 of their 22 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Pelicans buried 19 of their 30 attempts for a percentage of 63.3%. When discussing getting rebounds, they collected a total of 56 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 22 assists in this contest in addition to creating 19 turnovers and earning 11 steals. Pertaining to defense, New Orleans allowed their opponent to shoot 41.8% from the field on 33 of 79 shooting. Philadelphia recorded 20 dimes and had 8 steals for this game. Additionally, Philadelphia pulled down 47 boards (4 offensive, 43 defensive) and added 7 blocks. Philadelphia finished shooting 70.8% when shooting free throws by converting 17 of 24 tries. They also knocked down 11 of their 31 shots from 3-point land.
Zion Williamson is one guy who was a major contributor in the matchup. He left the arena with 37 points on 15 out of 28 shooting. He played 35:16 minutes played and also pulled down 15 rebounds. Williamson ended up going 53.6% from the field and also distributed 8 dimes. Someone else that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Pelicans was Brandon Ingram. He snagged 8 rebounds in his 34:50 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up going 23.8% from the field for this contest by shooting 5-of-21 (17 points). When the game finished, Ingram collected 2 assists.
New Orleans enters this contest with a record of 23-29 this season. The Pelicans are shooting 35.4% on three-point shots (576 of 1,626) and 73.2% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 114.6 pts per contest (7th in the league) while connecting on 48.1% from the field. They turn it over 14.3 times per contest and as a group they are committing 17.8 personal fouls every game. As a unit, New Orleans is collecting 46.5 rebounds per contest and has tallied 1,351 dimes so far this year, which is 9th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end of the court, the Pelicans are able to force 13.1 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 21.2 fouls. They currently rank 26th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,365 surrendered so far this year. The Pelicans defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 47.3% (680 of 1,101) and they surrender 40.6 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They relinquish 39.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 26th in basketball in PPG allowed (115.1).
For their last game, the Cleveland Cavaliers walked away with a victory by a final of 129-102 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Cavaliers pulled down 35 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 44 for this game. They turned the ball over 7 times, while earning 8 steals in this matchup. The Thunder had 20 fouls in the matchup which took the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to bury 20 of them for a rate of 83.3%. With respect to 3-point attempts, Cleveland made 13 out of their 37 tries (35.1%). When all was said and done, the Cavaliers finished the game shooting 48 out of 94 from the floor which had them shooting 51.1%. The Cavaliers permitted the Thunder to knock down 40 of their 89 attempts from the field which had them shooting 44.9% for the game. They wrapped up this game 40.6% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 13 of 32 and ended up going 9 out of 13 from the free throw line (69.2%). In relation to attacking the glass, Cleveland permitted Oklahoma City to grab 44 in all (11 on the offensive glass).
Collin Sexton was important for the Cavaliers for the matchup. He converted 9 of 17 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 52.9%, and added 3 rebounds. Sexton scored 27 points in his 33:18 minutes on the court and had 4 assists in the matchup. One more player that was important for Cleveland was Darius Garland. He finished this one with 5 assists in 31:55 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 8 out of 15 from the floor. Garland wrapped this one up going 53.3% from the floor while also totaling 21 points and 3 total rebounds.
Cleveland has a mark of 19-32 on the season. As an offensive unit, the Cavaliers are connecting on 45.1% from the floor, which ranks 22nd in basketball. Cleveland has accounted for 5,286 points on the campaign (103.6 per contest) and they grab 42.9 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 23.5 times per contest (21st in the NBA) and they are giving up possession 15.3 times per game. The Cavaliers are responsible for committing 18.8 fouls every game and they connect on 73.3% from the free throw line. The Cavaliers defensively are ranked 11th in basketball in points allowed per game with 110.8. They are able to force 15.2 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.7% from the floor (26th in the NBA). The Cleveland defense allows 38.2% on shots from distance (628 of 1,643) and opponents are converting on 77.5% of their foul shots. They allow 24.4 dimes and 43.9 boards per game, ranking them 12th and 15th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New Orleans (-5.5)
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