New Orleans Pelicans vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction, 5/7/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Philadelphia 76ers
Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+8.5)
The Philadelphia 76ers (45-21) host the New Orleans Pelicans (30-36) at Wells Fargo Center on Friday. New Orleans opens this game as 8.5-point dogs. The O/U is set at 228.5.
The New Orleans Pelicans took the court against the Golden State Warriors and took home the win by a score of 108-103 in their last contest. New Orleans finished the game having earned a 40.2% FG percentage (39 out of 97) and converted 12 of their 30 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Pelicans buried 18 of 22 attempts for a rate of 81.8%. Concerning getting rebounds, they compiled 57 with 14 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 28 dimes in the matchup as well as creating 18 turnovers and earning 10 steals. When talking about the defense, New Orleans let their opponent shoot 41.9% from the field on 39 out of 93 shooting. Golden State earned 22 assists and had 7 steals for the game. Furthermore, Golden State collected 48 boards (8 offensive, 40 defensive) and earned 3 blocked shots. Golden State ended up going 71.4% when shooting free throws by making 5 of their 7 attempts. They also converted 20 of their 53 shots from 3-point land.
Lonzo Ball is one guy who was a factor for this contest. He left the arena with 33 points on 11 out of 23 shooting. He played 33:37 minutes and snagged 6 boards. Ball finished 47.8% from the floor and dished out 4 dimes. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Pelicans was Zion Williamson. He had 12 rebounds in his 37:17 min played. He finished the game at 47.1% from the floor for this game by connecting on 8-of-17 (23 points). When the final whistle was blown, Williamson had 7 assists.
New Orleans enters this matchup with a record of 30-36 for the season. The Pelicans are connecting on 35.0% on shots from distance (704 of 2,014) and 73.4% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 115.1 pts per contest (6th in the NBA) on 48.0% from the floor. They turn it over 14.7 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17.8 personal fouls every game. As a unit, New Orleans is collecting 47.2 rebounds per game and has racked up 1,726 dimes this year, which ranks 10th in the league in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Pelicans are able to force 13.4 turnovers per game while drawing 21.4 personal fouls. The Pelicans defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 46.9% (883 of 1,415) and they relinquish 41.3 rebounds per game as a unit. They are 26th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,702 relinquished on the year. They are conceding 38.2% on shots from distance and they are ranked 24th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (114.8).
In their last game, the Philadelphia 76ers walked away with a victory by a final of 135-115 against the Houston Rockets. The 76ers pulled down 36 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 47 for the matchup. They also turned it over 9 times, while recording 10 steals in this game. The Rockets were called for 16 fouls in this contest which took the 76ers to the free throw line for a total of 22 tries. They were able to make 20 of the free throw tries for a rate of 90.9%. With regard to shooting from 3-point land, Philadelphia converted 15 of their 35 tries (42.9%). At the conclusion of this game, the 76ers ended up shooting 50 out of 94 from the floor which had them at 53.2%. The 76ers allowed the Rockets to convert 42 of their 93 tries from the field which had them shooting 45.2% for the contest. They finished 37.8% from distance by connecting on 17 out of 45 and ended up going 14 out of 18 from the free throw line (77.8%). When talking about rebounds, Philadelphia permitted Houston to grab 38 in all (12 on the offensive glass).
Joel Embiid ended up being a major contributor for the 76ers for this game. He buried 10 out of 17 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 58.8%, and had 12 rebounds. Embiid earned 34 points in his 24:38 minutes on the court and accumulated 2 assists for this game. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Philadelphia was Tobias Harris. He walked away with 3 assists in 26:26 minutes played, and he converted 5 out of 10 from the floor. Harris ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor as well as earning 15 points and 2 boards.
Philadelphia has a record of 45-21 on the year. As an offense, the 76ers are hitting on 47.7% from the floor, which is ranked 8th in basketball. Philadelphia has 7,517 pts on the campaign (113.9 per game) and they average 45.4 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 23.4 times per contest (24th in the NBA) and they lose possession via turnover 14.7 times per game. The 76ers are responsible for committing 20.2 fouls per contest and they go 76.4% from the charity stripe. The 76ers on the defensive side of the court are 6th in the league in PPG given up with 108.3. The Philadelphia defense allows 36.3% on shots from beyond the arc (790 of 2,174) and opponents are connecting on 76.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They have given up 23.5 dimes and 42.6 boards per game, which has them ranked 6th and 7th in the NBA. They are forcing their opponents into 15.6 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.3% from the field (4th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New Orleans (+8.5)
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