Philadelphia 76ers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 10/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Bally Sports New Orleans
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (-1.5)
The Philadelphia 76ers (49-23 last season) are on their way to Smoothie King Center on Wednesday where they will try to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans (31-41 last year). New Orleans opens this matchup as 1.5-point dogs. The total comes in at 227.5.
The 76ers played the Hawks and went home with a loss by a final score of 103-96 in their last contest. Philadelphia ended the contest with a 42.5% field goal percentage (34 of 80) and made 9 out of their 28 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the 76ers converted 19 of their 25 tries for a rate of 76.0%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 48 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 26 assists in this game while creating 10 turnovers and earning 7 steals. With regard to defending, Philadelphia allowed the other team to go 44.4% from the field on 36 of 81 shooting. Atlanta doled out 22 assists and had 9 steals in this game. Furthermore, Atlanta snagged 44 rebounds (6 offensive, 38 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Atlanta finished 75.0% from the charity stripe by burying 24 of their 32 shots. They made 7 out of their 27 tries from three-point range.
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Joel Embiid is a guy who came through for the matchup. He ended up finishing with 31 points on 11 of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 40 minutes and also collected 11 rebounds. Embiid ended up going 52.4% from the field and earned 3 assists.
Philadelphia enters this matchup after finishing with a record of 49-23 last year. They averaged 113.6 pts per contest (14th in the NBA) while going 47.6% from the field. The 76ers connected on 37.4% on 3-pointers (811 of 2,169) and 76.7% from the free throw line. As a basketball team, Philadelphia collected 45.1 rebounds per game and earned 1,706 dimes over the course of last season, which had them ranked 22nd in basketball in terms of passing. They turned it over 14.4 times per game and as a basketball team committed 20.2 fouls every game. When they were on defense, the 76ers were able to force their opponents into 15.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.0 fouls. They were ranked 5th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,694 surrendered throughout last year. The 76ers gave up a FG percentage of 45.3% (2,835 of 6,259) and they relinquished 42.9 boards per game as a team. They gave up 36.0% from 3-point land while they were 6th in basketball in PPG allowed (108.1).
The last time they took the court, the Pelicans took a defeat with a final score of 110-98 against the Lakers. The Pelicans were able to pull down 39 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 in this matchup. They also turned it over 21 times, while recording 4 steals in the game. The Lakers were called for 16 personal fouls for this game which took the Pelicans to the charity stripe for 21 attempts. They were able to knock down 15 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 71.4%. In the matter of 3-point attempts, New Orleans knocked down 9 of 25 tries (36.0%). In all, the Pelicans finished shooting 37 for 78 from the field which gave them a rate of 47.4%. The Pelicans allowed the Lakers to convert 45 of 96 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.9% in this contest. They went 31.4% from distance by shooting 11 out of 35 and ended up shooting 9 out of 15 from the free throw line (60.0%). In regard to rebounding, New Orleans permitted Los Angeles to snag 42 in all (8 on the offensive glass).
Willy Hernangómez ended up being important for the Pelicans for this game. He knocked down 8 of 11 for this contest for a rate of 72.7%, and totaled 13 rebounds. Hernangómez totaled 19 points in his 29 mins on the hardwood and added 1 assist for the game.
New Orleans had a mark of 31-41 last season. New Orleans had 8,251 pts last season (114.6 per contest) and they averaged 47.4 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Pelicans connected on 47.7% from the field, which was ranked 7th in basketball. The Pelicans were responsible for committing 18.0 fouls every game and they went 72.9% from the free throw line. They earned an assist 26.0 times per contest (10th in basketball) and they coughed up possession 14.6 times per contest. The Pelicans defensively were ranked 24th in the NBA in PPG given up with 114.9. They relinquished 25.9 dimes and 41.8 boards per game, ranking them 25th and 3rd in those categories. The New Orleans defense gave up 38.0% on 3-point attempts (1,043 of 2,745) and opponents made 79.0% of their free throw attempts. They forced their opponents into 13.3 TO's per game and let teams shoot 46.9% from the floor (19th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-1.5)
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