New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 4/28/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+4)
The Denver Nuggets (40-21) host the New Orleans Pelicans (27-34) at Ball Arena on Wednesday. New Orleans opens this game as 4-point dogs. The O/U opens at 228.5.
The New Orleans Pelicans took the court against the Los Angeles Clippers and walked away with a win by a score of 120-103 in their last contest. New Orleans ended the contest with a 53.7% field goal percentage (44 out of 82) and buried 15 of their 29 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Pelicans made 17 of 26 tries for a percentage of 65.4%. In the matter of getting rebounds, they compiled 44 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 28 assists in the matchup while forcing the opposition into 18 turnovers and earning 13 steals. When it comes to the defense, New Orleans allowed their opponent to shoot 40.0% from the field on 36 of 90 shooting. Los Angeles distributed 20 assists and had 5 steals for the contest. Moreover, Los Angeles grabbed 44 boards (13 offensive, 31 defensive) and had 5 rejections. Los Angeles finished the game at 100.0% at the free throw line by burying 17 of 17 attempts. They knocked down 14 of their 45 tries from beyond the arc.
Zion Williamson is one guy who was a major factor for the matchup. He had 23 points on 8 out of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 30:16 minutes played and also collected 1 rebound. Williamson ended up shooting 72.7% from the field and earned 5 assists. Someone else that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Pelicans was Lonzo Ball. He snagged 9 rebounds in his 37:47 minutes on the basketball court. He finished 50.0% from the field for the contest by connecting on 7-of-14 (18 points). In all, Ball had accumulated 7 assists.
New Orleans comes into this contest with a mark of 27-34 for the season. The Pelicans are hitting 35.2% on 3-pointers (656 of 1,864) and 73.3% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 115.0 pts per game (5th in basketball) while shooting 48.2% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.5 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 17.9 personal fouls per contest. As a team, New Orleans is pulling in 47.0 rebounds per contest and has totaled 1,591 dimes so far this season, which ranks 10th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Pelicans have forced 13.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 21.3 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 25th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,570 relinquished so far this year. The Pelicans defense is giving up a FG percentage of 47.0% (794 of 1,302) and they relinquish 41.0 rebounds per contest as a group. They surrender 38.6% on 3-point attempts and they rank 26th in the NBA in points per game allowed (114.9).
When they last stepped on the court, the Denver Nuggets walked away with a victory by a final of 120-96 when they played the Memphis Grizzlies. The Nuggets corralled 40 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 48 in the matchup. They coughed it up 11 times, while getting 8 steals in the matchup. The Grizzlies were called for 22 personal fouls in this contest which got the Nuggets to the free throw line for a total of 22 attempts. They were able to make 19 of the free throws for a percentage of 86.4%. With regard to 3-pointers, Denver buried 11 of 33 attempts (33.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Nuggets went 45 for 94 from the floor which gave them a rate of 47.9%. The Nuggets permitted the Grizzlies to make 34 out of their 81 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 42.0% for the matchup. They finished shooting 12.5% from distance by going 4 out of 32 and finished the game at 24 out of 31 at the free throw line (77.4%). Regarding rebounding, Denver permitted Memphis to grab 45 in all (6 on the offensive side).
Michael Porter Jr. ended up being a major contributor for the Nuggets for the game. He converted 12 of 19 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 63.2%, and added 7 rebounds. Porter earned 31 points in his 35:50 mins of playing time and had 2 assists for the matchup. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Denver was Nikola Jokic. He walked away with 5 assists in his 29:41 minutes played, and he shot 6 out of 12 from the floor. Jokic walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor as well as contributing 24 points and 15 total rebounds.
Denver has a win-loss record of 40-21 so far this season. Denver has accounted for 7,047 pts this season (115.5 per contest) and they snag 44.6 rebounds per contest. The Nuggets commit 18.9 personal fouls per game and they shoot 79.5% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Nuggets are shooting 48.8% from the field, which has them ranked 3rd in the league. They are getting an assist 27.2 times per contest (2nd in the NBA) and they cough up possession 13.5 times per contest. The Nuggets are ranked 9th in the league in PPG allowed with 110.2. They are forcing 14.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.9% from the field (19th in the league). The Denver defense gives up 35.8% on 3-point attempts (778 of 2,172) and opponents are converting on 77.7% of their free throw attempts. They concede 26.3 assists and 41.1 rebounds per contest, which is 28th and 2nd in basketball.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Denver (-4) and under 228.5 points
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