New Orleans Pelicans vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, 12/12/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs San Antonio Spurs
Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
AT&T Center is the location where the San Antonio Spurs (9-15) will try to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans (7-20) on Sunday.
The Pelicans faced the Nuggets and ended up losing by a score of 120-114 in their last game. New Orleans wrapped up the contest with a 52.2% field goal percentage (47 out of 90) and converted 11 of 30 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Pelicans converted 9 of their 12 tries for a rate of 75.0%. In terms of rebounding, they earned 46 with 10 of them being offensive. They also dished out 32 assists in this game as well as forcing the other team into 4 turnovers and earning 8 steals. With respect to the defense, New Orleans let their opponent shoot 51.1% from the field on 45 out of 88 shooting. Denver totaled 33 assists and had 28 steals in this game. On top of that, Denver pulled down 28 rebounds (5 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Denver finished the contest at 77.8% at the charity stripe by converting 21 of 27 attempts. They also made 9 out of their 32 shots from beyond the perimeter. Regarding fouls, the Pelicans finished with 22 while the Nuggets racked up 11 fouls.
Jonas Valanciunas is a player who played a role for the contest. Valanciunas went 57.1% from the floor and also totaled 3 assists. He played for 39 minutes played and also totaled 11 rebounds. He ended up finishing with 27 points on 12 out of 21 shooting.
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New Orleans heads into this contest with a win-loss record of 7-20 for the season. They have an average of 103.7 points per outing (27th in basketball) while connecting on 43.2% from the field. The Pelicans are hitting 33.8% on shots from 3-point land (296 of 876) and 80.9% from the charity stripe. As a team, New Orleans is pulling down 46.0 rebounds per game and has accounted for 652 assists for the season, which has them ranked 5th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 15.1 times per game and as a squad they are committing 20.2 fouls every game.
When they are on defense, the Pelicans are able to force 13.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.3 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 25th in the league in allowing assists with 658 surrendered this season. The Pelicans defense is allowing a FG percentage of 47.6% (1,098 of 2,309) and they concede 42.7 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They give up 37.3% on shots from downtown and they are 24th in basketball in opponents points per game (110.4).
For their last game, the Spurs went home victorious with a score of 123-111 when they faced the Nuggets. The Spurs collected 40 defensive boards and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 54 in this matchup. They coughed up the ball 13 times, while earning 5 steals for the contest. The Nuggets had 8 fouls in this matchup which got the Spurs to the free throw line for a total of 22 shots. They were able to make 16 of those for a percentage of 72.7%. When it comes to shots from 3-point land, San Antonio buried 15 of their 35 tries (42.9%). Overall, the Spurs shot 46 out of 88 from the field which gave them a percentage of 52.3%. The Spurs permitted the Nuggets to convert 42 out of 94 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 44.7% in this matchup. They finished 38.5% from distance by hitting 15 out of 39 and ended up shooting 12 out of 13 at the charity stripe (92.3%). With respect to cleaning the glass, San Antonio permitted Denver to grab 28 in total (5 on the offensive glass).
Derrick White was important for the Spurs for this game. He converted 9 out of 14 in this matchup for a rate of 64.3%, and totaled 6 rebounds. White tallied 23 points in his 35 minutes on the court and had 4 dimes in this contest.
San Antonio has a record of 9-15 on the year. On the offensive side of the court, the Spurs are hitting on 46.7% from the floor, which has them ranked 5th in basketball. San Antonio has 2,598 points this year (108.3 per game) and they pull in 45.0 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 27.9 times per game (2nd in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 13.0 times per contest. The Spurs commit 16.7 fouls per game and they connect on 70.2% from the free throw line.
The San Antonio defense gives up 35.6% on shots from distance (306 of 859) and opponents are making 76.0% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 23.7 assists and 46.4 boards per game, which ranks them 15th and 24th in the NBA. The Spurs are ranked 19th in basketball in points given up per game with 108.4. They are forcing 14.9 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.7% from the field (20th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take San Antonio
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