New York Knicks vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 10/30/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Bally Sports New Orleans
Odds/Point Spread: New York (-4.5)
Smoothie King Center is where the New Orleans Pelicans (1-4) will take on the New York Knicks (4-1) on Saturday. New York opens this matchup as 4.5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The total is 217.
The Knicks faced the Bulls and went home with a win by a final score of 104-103 in their last contest. New York finished the game with a 45.9% field goal percentage (39 of 85) and made 11 of their 29 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Knicks knocked down 15 of their 20 shots for a rate of 75.0%. Pertaining to pulling down rebounds, they earned 49 with 11 of them being offensive. They also doled out 16 assists for this game in addition to forcing 5 turnovers and having 5 steals. Concerning defense, New York allowed the other team to shoot 42.9% from the field on 36 out of 84 shooting. Chicago doled out 37 dimes and had 25 steals for this contest. Additionally, Chicago totaled 32 boards (5 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 7 blocks. Chicago walked away from this one shooting 90.9% when shooting free throws by making 20 of 22 attempts. They made 11 of 32 tries from 3-point range.
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Kemba Walker is a guy who was a factor for the matchup. He was able to score 21 points on 7 out of 12 shooting. He played 29 mins and also collected 4 rebounds. Walker finished the game shooting 58.3% from the field and totaled 2 assists.
New York heads into this one with a win-loss record of 4-1 on the season. They turn it over 14.0 times per contest and as a team they commit 20.2 fouls every game. As a unit, New York is pulling down 47.8 rebounds per game and has tallied 121 dimes this season, which is 10th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Knicks are shooting 38.0% on three-point attempts (81 of 213) and 71.2% from the free throw line. They have an average of 115.8 points per contest (3rd in the league) while hitting 45.6% from the field. On defense, the Knicks are able to force 14.4 turnovers every game while drawing 19.8 fouls. They currently rank 26th in basketball in allowing assists with 129 surrendered this season. The Knicks are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 41.6% (189 of 454) and they concede 47.2 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are surrendering 33.8% on 3-point attempts and they are 16th in basketball in points per game allowed (108.4).
When they last stepped on the court, the Pelicans went home defeated by a final of 102-99 against the Hawks. The Pelicans were able to snag 35 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 44 in the game. They also gave up possession 9 times, while earning 5 steals in this contest. The Hawks had 11 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Pelicans to the charity stripe for 9 attempts. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 88.9%. In regard to shooting from distance, New Orleans buried 11 out of 36 tries (30.6%). Overall, the Pelicans walked away from this one shooting 40 out of 93 from the field which had them at 43.0%. The Pelicans permitted the Hawks to convert 40 out of their 96 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 41.7% for the game. They finished 26.7% from 3-point land by connecting on 8 out of 30 and walked away from this one shooting 14 out of 17 at the free throw line (82.4%). When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, New Orleans allowed Atlanta to pull down 34 in total (21 offensive).
Devonte' Graham was important for the Pelicans for the game. He converted 8 out of 17 for the matchup giving him a rate of 47.1%, and accounted for 5 rebounds. Graham racked up 21 points in his 32 minutes on the hardwood and earned 6 dimes in the matchup.
New Orleans has a win-loss record of 1-4 on the campaign. When it comes to offensive execution, the Pelicans are hitting on 42.5% from the floor, which is 26th in the league. New Orleans has totaled 504 points this year (100.8 per contest) and they snag 50.2 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 22.4 times per game (19th in the NBA) and they lose possession via turnover 18.2 times per game. The Pelicans are responsible for committing 19.4 fouls per contest and they connect on 80.0% from the charity stripe. The Pelicans on the defensive side of the court are 15th in the league in points allowed per contest with 108.2. They have given up 23.8 assists and 47.2 boards on a nightly basis, ranking them 18th and 18th in the NBA. The New Orleans defense gives up 36.3% on 3-point shots (62 of 171) and their opponents are knocking down 77.8% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 13.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 44.1% from the field (8th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New York (-4.5)
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