Denver Nuggets vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 1/28/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Friday, January 28, 2022
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Spectrum SportsNet
Smoothie King Center is the site where the New Orleans Pelicans (18-29) will try to beat the Denver Nuggets (26-21) on Friday.
The Nuggets faced off with the Nets and notched a win by a score of 124-118 in their last contest. Denver ended having earned a 47.2% field goal percentage (42 of 89) and knocked down 15 of their 36 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Nuggets converted 25 of 27 attempts for a rate of 92.6%. With respect to rebounding, they earned 48 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 27 assists for the game as well as forcing 3 turnovers and earning 8 steals. Pertaining to defense, Denver allowed the other team to shoot 48.9% from the field on 43 out of 88 shooting. Brooklyn recorded 38 assists and had 26 steals for the contest. Additionally, Brooklyn snagged 32 boards (6 offensive, 26 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Brooklyn ended up shooting 76.9% when shooting free throws by making 20 of their 26 shots. They buried 12 of their 29 attempts from downtown. Concerning fouls, the Nuggets ended up with 21 while the Nets finished the game with 12 fouls.
Nikola Jokic is one player who had an impact in the game. Jokic ended up shooting 61.5% from the floor and dished out 8 dimes. He was on the hardwood for 35 minutes and also totaled 10 boards. He ended up scoring 26 points on 8 of 13 shooting.
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Denver heads into this contest with a record of 26-21 on the season. They lose possession via turnover 14.0 times per game and as a group they commit 19.3 fouls every game. As a team, Denver is grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,260 dimes this season, which has them ranked 4th in the league in terms of passing. The Nuggets are connecting on 34.7% on three-point shots (591 of 1,701) and 78.0% from the free throw line. They average 108.3 points per contest (17th in basketball) while going 46.8% from the floor.
On defense, the Nuggets are able to force 13.4 turnovers every game and they draw 19.5 personal fouls. They are giving up 34.4% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 11th in the league in PPG allowed (107.1). The Nuggets defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 46.7% (1,889 of 4,049) and they concede 43.2 rebounds per contest as a team. They are ranked 15th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,146 relinquished on the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Pelicans took a defeat with a final score of 117-107 against the 76ers. When discussing rebounds, New Orleans permitted Philadelphia to snag 30 overall (14 offensive). They went 32.3% from distance by connecting on 10 of 31 and finished the game at 29 of 31 from the charity stripe (93.5%). The Pelicans permitted the 76ers to convert 39 of 84 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 46.4% for the matchup. When the final whistle blew, the Pelicans finished shooting 40 for 83 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 48.2%. When talking about 3-point attempts, New Orleans buried 9 of 22 attempts (40.9%). They were able to knock down 18 of those for a rate of 69.2%. The 76ers were called for 10 personal fouls for the contest which took the Pelicans to the charity stripe for 26 tries. They gave up possession of the ball 8 times, while earning 5 steals for this game. The Pelicans were able to collect 28 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 39 in this matchup.
Willy Hernangómez pitched in for the Pelicans in this contest. Hernangómez scored 29 points in his 30 minutes on the hardwood and added 1 assist for this contest. He knocked down 11 out of 15 in the matchup for a rate of 73.3%, and totaled 10 rebounds.
New Orleans has a win-loss record of 18-29 for the year. As an offensive unit, the Pelicans are hitting on 44.0% from the floor, which is ranked 25th in basketball. New Orleans has 4,970 points so far this season (105.7 per contest) and they grab 45.7 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 24.7 times per contest (10th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 14.3 times per game. The Pelicans are committing 19.6 personal fouls every game and they go 78.3% from the free throw line.
The New Orleans defense gives up 37.0% on 3-point shots (608 of 1,645) and their opponents are making 78.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 24.0 dimes and 43.0 boards per game, which is 14th and 4th in the NBA. The Pelicans defensively are ranked 17th in the NBA in PPG given up with 109.9. They are forcing 13.2 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.7% from the floor (25th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Denver
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