New York Knicks vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 4/14/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Bally Sports NO
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+1.5)
Smoothie King Center is the venue where and the New Orleans Pelicans (25-29) will take on the New York Knicks (28-27) on Wednesday. The spread on this game has New Orleans as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 220.
The New York Knicks faced off with the Los Angeles Lakers and went home with a win by a final score of 111-96 in their last contest. New York wrapped up the game having earned a 47.2% field goal percentage (42 of 89) and made 5 out of their 27 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Knicks made 22 of 27 attempts for a percentage of 81.5%. With regard to getting rebounds, they earned 47 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 18 dimes in this matchup while forcing the other team into 24 turnovers and having 14 steals. In relation to defending, New York let their opponent shoot 43.8% from the floor on 35 of 80 shooting. Los Angeles recorded 22 dimes and had 5 steals for the contest. Moreover, Los Angeles grabbed 33 rebounds (4 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 9 rejections. Los Angeles shot 77.8% from the free throw line by making 14 of their 18 tries. They also converted 12 out of their 36 attempts from 3-point range.
Julius Randle is someone who had an impact for the contest. He accounted for 34 points on 13 out of 23 shooting. He was on the court for 38:39 mins played and also collected 10 rebounds. Randle finished shooting 56.5% from the field and recorded 4 dimes. One more player that had an impact in this contest for the Knicks was Elfrid Payton. He totaled 3 rebounds in his 27:17 min on the hardwood. He shot 75.0% from the floor for this game by connecting on 9-of-12 (20 points). When all was said and done, Payton accounted for 2 assists.
New York heads into this game with a mark of 28-27 so far this year. They are turning it over 13.0 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 18.4 personal fouls per game. As a team, New York is pulling in 43.6 rebounds per game and has earned 1,261 assists on the season, which ranks 26th in the league in terms of passing. The Knicks are shooting 33.8% on 3-pointers (660 of 1,955) and 75.6% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 104.2 pts per game (30th in the league) while hitting 44.1% from the floor. Defensively, the Knicks are able to force 13.0 turnovers per game while drawing 18.4 personal fouls. They rank 5th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,261 relinquished for the season. The Knicks defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 44.1% (715 of 1,014) and they relinquish 43.6 rebounds per game as a unit. They are giving up 33.8% on 3-point attempts while they are 1st in the NBA in points per game allowed (104.2).
When they last stepped on the court, the New Orleans Pelicans walked away with a victory by a final of 117-110 against the Sacramento Kings. The Pelicans were able to pull down 42 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 51 in this contest. They coughed up the ball 21 times, while getting 8 steals in the matchup. The Kings were called for 26 fouls for the game which took the Pelicans to the charity stripe for a total of 39 attempts. They were able to make 27 of the free throw tries for a rate of 69.2%. In reference to three-point attempts, New Orleans converted 6 out of 19 attempts (31.6%). Overall, the Pelicans shot 42 for 77 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 54.5%. The Pelicans permitted the Kings to bury 39 of 90 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 43.3% for the contest. They finished 28.6% from distance by going 10 out of 35 and ended up going 22 out of 37 from the free throw line (59.5%). In the matter of attacking the glass, New Orleans permitted Sacramento to collect 34 in total (8 offensive).
Brandon Ingram pitched in for the Pelicans in the game. He knocked down 11 of 18 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 61.1%, and tallied 6 rebounds. Ingram accumulated 34 points in his 33:06 mins on the court and had 7 dimes for the game. One more player who came through for New Orleans was Zion Williamson. He ended up with 4 assists in 38:41 mins on the court, and he shot 13 of 21 from the floor. Williamson ended the game having shot 61.9% from the field while also collecting 30 points and 6 rebounds.
New Orleans has a record of 25-29 so far this season. New Orleans has earned 6,205 pts this season (114.9 per contest) and they grab 40.4 rebounds per contest. The Pelicans have committed 21.3 fouls per contest and they go 79.2% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Pelicans are shooting 47.3% from the floor, which is 8th in the league. They are dishing out assists 26.2 times per game (4th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 13.1 times per game. The Pelicans defensively are ranked 27th in basketball in PPG given up with 114.9. The New Orleans defense allows 39.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (808 of 2,070) and their opponents are knocking down 79.2% of their free throw shots. They give up 26.2 assists and 40.4 boards on a nightly basis, which is 27th and 1st in the NBA. They are forcing 13.1 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.3% from the floor (23rd in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New York (+1.5)
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