New Orleans Pelicans vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, 2/27/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs San Antonio Spurs
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+2.5)
The San Antonio Spurs (16-12) play the New Orleans Pelicans (14-18) at AT&T Center on Saturday. The spread on this contest has San Antonio as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 223.
The New Orleans Pelicans played the Milwaukee Bucks and took a loss by a score of 129-125 in their last contest. New Orleans ended the game having earned a 50.0% FG percentage (51 out of 102) and made 13 of 39 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Pelicans converted 10 of their 14 shots for a rate of 71.4%. In the matter of rebounding, they collected 47 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 32 dimes in this game while creating 9 turnovers and getting 5 steals. With regard to defending, New Orleans allowed the other team to shoot 54.2% from the floor on 52 of 96 shooting. Milwaukee doled out 21 dimes and had 4 steals in the game. On top of that, Milwaukee snagged 42 rebounds (8 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 8 blocks. Milwaukee went 75.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 12 of their 16 tries. They made 13 of 31 shots from beyond the arc.
Zion Williamson is a player who was a major contributor in this contest. He ended up with 34 points on 15 out of 26 shooting. He played for 37:25 mins played and also grabbed 8 boards. Williamson finished 57.7% from the field and also totaled 6 assists. Someone else that was a major factor in the game for the Pelicans was Brandon Ingram. He totaled 4 rebounds in 36:37 min played on the night. He finished shooting 44.0% from the field in this contest by going 11-of-25 (23 points). When the game finished, Ingram collected 2 assists.
New Orleans will enter this matchup with a mark of 14-18 for the campaign. They are turning it over 14.2 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 17.5 fouls per game. As a team, New Orleans is grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game and is sitting with 810 dimes this season, which has them ranked 14th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Pelicans are connecting on 36.5% on three-point attempts (380 of 1,041) and 72.8% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 115.5 points per outing (4th in basketball) while shooting 48.4% from the field. On the defensive end, the Pelicans are forcing their opponents into 13.3 turnovers per game while drawing 20.9 personal fouls. The Pelicans defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 47.5% (427 of 669) and they surrender 40.7 rebounds per game as a squad. They currently rank 30th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 891 conceded on the season. They are giving up 39.4% on 3-point attempts while they are 26th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (115.6).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the San Antonio Spurs went home defeated by a final of 102-99 when they faced the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Spurs were able to collect 38 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 44 in the game. They gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while recording 10 steals for this contest. The Thunder earned 14 personal fouls for this contest which took the Spurs to the charity stripe for 15 tries. They were able to convert 10 of those for a clip of 66.7%. Regarding shots from distance, San Antonio knocked down 9 out of 25 tries (36.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Spurs finished the game shooting 40 for 86 from the floor which had them shooting 46.5%. The Spurs allowed the Thunder to knock down 37 of their 89 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.6% in this game. They finished 40.9% from downtown by hitting 18 of 44 and finished the contest at 10 of 11 at the free throw line (90.9%). In the matter of rebounding, San Antonio allowed Oklahoma City to grab 52 in total (10 on the offensive glass).
Dejounte Murray was important for the Spurs in this matchup. He converted 12 of 20 in this contest giving him a rate of 60.0%, and had 9 rebounds. Murray earned 27 points in his 31:36 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 6 assists for the matchup. One more player that was important for San Antonio was Lonnie Walker. He walked away with 2 dimes in 33:23 mins played, and he put in 5 of 16 from the floor. Walker ended up shooting 31.3% from the field while also notching 12 points and 4 boards.
San Antonio has a win-loss mark of 16-12 for the campaign. The Spurs commit 17.0 fouls every game and they connect on 79.0% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 25.0 times per contest (16th in the league) and they are turning it over 11.2 times per contest. San Antonio has totaled 3,100 pts on the campaign (110.7 per contest) and they grab 45.1 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Spurs are connecting on 45.4% from the floor, which ranks them 21st in the NBA. The Spurs on the defensive side of the court are 10th in the league in points given up per game with 111.1. The San Antonio defense concedes 38.7% on shots from beyond the arc (365 of 942) and their opponents are knocking down 73.3% of their free throw attempts. They concede 24.6 assists and 48.1 boards per contest, which has them ranked 13th and 28th in the NBA. They are forcing 14.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.8% from the field (17th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New Orleans (+2.5)
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