Philadelphia 76ers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 4/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Bally Sports NO
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (-5.5)
The Philadelphia 76ers (35-16) travel to Smoothie King Center on Friday where they'll take on the New Orleans Pelicans (22-29). New Orleans opens this contest as 5.5-point dogs. The over/under is set at 227.
The Philadelphia 76ers took the court against the Boston Celtics and earned the victory with a final of 106-96 in their last contest. Philadelphia finished with a 46.6% FG percentage (34 out of 73) and knocked down 9 of their 24 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the 76ers made 29 of 39 shots for a percentage of 74.4%. When discussing pulling down boards, they earned 38 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 16 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 20 turnovers and getting 11 steals. When discussing defending, Philadelphia let their opponent shoot 47.1% from the field on 33 out of 70 shooting. Boston doled out 19 assists and had 5 steals for the contest. Moreover, Boston grabbed 32 rebounds (3 offensive, 29 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Boston walked away from this one shooting 88.9% when shooting free throws by making 16 of their 18 attempts. They also buried 14 out of their 34 shots from 3-point land.
Joel Embiid is a guy who was a major factor for this contest. He accumulated 35 points on 9 of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 32:48 mins played and also snagged 6 boards. Embiid finished shooting 47.4% from the field and also dished out 1 assist. An additional guy that was a contributor in this contest for the 76ers was Danny Green. He snagged 2 rebounds in 24:04 min on the court. He ended up going 85.7% from the field in the matchup by hitting 6-of-7 (17 points). At the conclusion of this game, Green had 1 assist.
Philadelphia will play this game with a win-loss mark of 35-16 on the year. They are losing possession via turnover 15.1 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 20.5 personal fouls per game. As a team, Philadelphia is pulling down 46.0 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,185 dimes for the year, which ranks 23rd in the league in terms of passing the rock. The 76ers are hitting 36.8% on 3-point shots (554 of 1,504) and 77.0% from the free throw line. They have an average of 114.0 points per outing (10th in basketball) while hitting 47.7% from the field. On defense, the 76ers are forcing their opponents into 15.3 turnovers per game while drawing 21.3 fouls. The 76ers defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 45.2% (779 of 1,087) and they concede 42.0 boards per game as a basketball team. They are ranked 7th in the NBA in giving up assists with 1,200 conceded for the year. They concede 36.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 7th in the NBA in opponents PPG (109.0).
When they last played, the New Orleans Pelicans took a loss by a score of 139-111 when they played the Brooklyn Nets. The Pelicans pulled down 23 defensive boards and 17 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 in the game. They also coughed it up 14 times, while recording 9 steals in this matchup. The Nets were called for 31 fouls in the game which took the Pelicans to the free throw line for 39 tries. They were able to make 29 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 74.4%. Pertaining to shots from distance, New Orleans made 6 out of 27 attempts (22.2%). When the game finished, the Pelicans went 38 for 89 from the field which gave them a rate of 42.7%. The Pelicans permitted the Nets to make 51 of 92 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 55.4% in the game. They finished the game shooting 46.3% from distance by going 19 of 41 and walked away from this one shooting 18 out of 22 from the free throw line (81.8%). Regarding how they rebounded, New Orleans allowed Brooklyn to get 45 in all (10 on the offensive glass).
Eric Bledsoe ended up being a factor for the Pelicans in this contest. He converted 9 out of 17 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 52.9%, and added 5 rebounds. Bledsoe earned 26 points in his 28:32 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 1 assist in this contest. Another guy that ended up playing a role for New Orleans was Zion Williamson. He ended up finishing with 6 assists in 22:36 minutes played, and he put in 4 of 12 from the floor. Williamson ended up shooting 33.3% from the floor and also earning 16 points and 4 boards.
New Orleans has a win-loss mark of 22-29 on the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Pelicans are shooting 48.2% from the floor, which ranks them 7th in the league. New Orleans has accounted for 5,859 points on the season (114.9 per contest) and they grab 46.3 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 26.1 times per contest (10th in the league) and they are turning it over 14.4 times per contest. The Pelicans commit 17.8 personal fouls every game while shooting 73.4% from the charity stripe. The Pelicans on the defensive end are ranked 27th in the league in PPG allowed with 115.5. They have forced 13.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.4% from the field (24th in the NBA). The New Orleans defense surrenders 39.4% on 3-pointers (774 of 1,964) and opponents are converting on 80.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 26.4 dimes and 40.5 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 29th and 1st in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-5.5)
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