New Orleans Pelicans vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 2/5/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Friday, February 5, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+5)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the site where and the Indiana Pacers (12-10) will play the New Orleans Pelicans (8-12) on Friday. Indiana opens this matchup as 5-point favorites. The total has been set at 227.
The New Orleans Pelicans played the Phoenix Suns and walked away with a win by a score of 123-101 in their last contest. New Orleans finished with a 51.1% FG percentage (46 of 90) and made 14 out of their 33 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Pelicans made 17 of their 21 tries for a rate of 81.0%. When it comes to getting rebounds, they earned a total of 44 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 30 dimes in the game as well as getting 7 steals and 3 blocked shots. When talking about defending, New Orleans allowed their opponent to shoot 46.3% from the field on 38 out of 82 shooting. Phoenix recorded 26 assists and had 3 steals for this game. Moreover, the Suns grabbed 39 rebounds (11 offensive, 28 defensive) and got 6 rejections. Phoenix ended up going 85.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 17 of 20 shots. They also buried 8 out of their 35 shots from long range.
Zion Williamson is one player who was important in the game. He recorded 28 points on 12 out of 14 shooting. He played for 32:20 minutes played and pulled down 7 rebounds. Williamson went 85.7% from the field and recorded 6 assists. Another guy that played a role in the game for the Pelicans was Brandon Ingram. He pulled down 4 rebounds and also earned 6 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 41.2% from the field for the matchup by hitting 7-of-17 (23 points). When all was said and done, Ingram played for 32:58 min.
New Orleans enters this one with a mark of 8-12 this year. They turn the ball over 14.9 times per game and as a team they commit 17.9 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, New Orleans is snagging 46.7 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 477 assists for the season, which ranks 24th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Pelicans are shooting 34.5% on 3-pointers (222 of 644) and 71.8% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 111.1 points per outing (18th in the NBA) while shooting 46.6% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Pelicans are forcing 14.2 turnovers per game and they draw 21.2 personal fouls. They are conceding 37.2% on shots from downtown while they are 21st in the league in opponents PPG (112.5). The Pelicans defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 45.9% (284 of 423) and they surrender 42.3 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are currently ranked 23rd in basketball in giving up assists with 548 conceded so far this season.
For their last game, the Indiana Pacers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 130-110 against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Pacers corralled 38 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards for a total of 46 for this contest. They rejected 6 tries while recording 7 steals for this game. The Bucks had 11 fouls for the contest which got the Pacers to the charity stripe for a total of 15 shots. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throws for a rate of 86.7%. Pertaining to three-point attempts, Indiana made 11 of 34 attempts (32.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Pacers shot 43 out of 95 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.3%. The Pacers allowed the Bucks to knock down 48 out of 102 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.1% for the contest. They shot 43.8% from 3-point land via 21 of 48 and ended up shooting 13 out of 14 from the free throw line (92.9%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, Indiana permitted Milwaukee to pull down 53 in total (11 on the offensive side).
Domantas Sabonis was important for the Pacers in this contest. He made 14 out of 25 for this game for a rate of 56.0%, which earned him 33 points. Sabonis pulled down 12 boards in his 31:00 minutes of time on the court and accounted for 6 assists in the game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Indiana was Justin Holiday. He finished with 15 points in 28:46 mins on the court via 5 of 8 shooting for this game. Holiday ended the game having shot 62.5% from the field in addition to contributing 2 assists and 8 boards.
Indiana has a win-loss record of 12-10 on the campaign. As an offense, the Pacers are hitting on 48.2% from the field, which ranks them 5th in basketball. Indiana has accumulated 2,506 points on the year (113.9 per contest) and they average 42.7 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 26.7 times per game (6th in the league) and they turn the ball over 14.1 times per game. The Pacers commit 20.5 fouls per contest and they hit 76.9% from the free throw line. The Pacers on defense are ranked 19th in the league in PPG surrendered with 112.2. They have relinquished 25.5 dimes and 44.3 boards on a nightly basis, which is 22nd and 12th in basketball. The Indiana defense concedes 39.3% on shots from distance (284 of 723) and opponents are connecting on 77.5% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 15.0 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.2% from the floor (18th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New Orleans (+5)
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