Philadelphia 76ers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 12/30/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Friday, December 30, 2022
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Bally Sports New Orleans
The Philadelphia 76ers are traveling to Smoothie King Center on Friday where they will play the New Orleans Pelicans.
The 76ers took the court against the Wizards and took a loss by a score of 116-111 in their last contest. Philadelphia finished the game having earned a 46.4% FG percentage (39 out of 84) and converted 6 of their 31 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the 76ers buried 27 of their 31 attempts for a rate of 87.1%. With respect to hauling in rebounds, they collected 39 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 21 assists in this game while forcing the other team into 15 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In the matter of defense, Philadelphia allowed the other team to shoot 45.9% from the field on 39 of 85 shooting. Washington earned 18 assists and had 7 steals in this contest. On top of that, Washington pulled down 39 rebounds (14 offensive, 25 defensive) and got 10 blocked shots. Washington finished the game shooting 87.1% from the charity stripe by converting 27 of 31 attempts. They also converted 11 of 33 tries from long range. In reference to fouls, the 76ers walked away with 24 and the Wizards totaled 23 fouls.
Joel Embiid is one player who was a contributor for the contest. Embiid went 53.1% from the field and totaled 1 assist. He played for 36 mins and also snagged 10 rebounds. He totaled 48 points on 17 of 32 shooting.
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Philadelphia enters this one with a win-loss mark of 20-13 for the campaign. They are turning it over 14.4 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 20.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Philadelphia is collecting 40.4 boards per contest and has racked up 800 assists on the season, which has them ranked 26th in the NBA in terms of passing. The 76ers are shooting 38.0% on three-point shots (415 of 1,091) and 82.0% from the charity stripe. They average 111.7 pts per game (21st in basketball) while connecting on 47.5% from the field.
On defense, the 76ers are forcing their opponents into 15.9 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.6 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 32.9% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 2nd in the league in points per game allowed (108.0). The 76ers are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.2% (1,299 of 2,813) and they surrender 43.1 boards per contest as a group. They are 3rd in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 786 relinquished for the campaign.
When they last played, the Pelicans walked away with a victory by a final of 119-118 against the Timberwolves. The Pelicans were able to corral 34 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 43 in this contest. They gave up possession 13 times, while getting 6 steals in the matchup. The Timberwolves had 28 personal fouls for this game which got the Pelicans to the charity stripe for a total of 43 tries. They were able to make 30 of the free throws for a clip of 69.8%. When it comes to shots from beyond the perimeter, New Orleans buried 11 of 24 tries (45.8%). In all, the Pelicans ended up shooting 39 for 81 from the field which had them sitting at 48.1%. The Pelicans allowed the Timberwolves to bury 42 out of their 83 tries from the field which had them at 50.6% for the contest. They finished shooting 34.5% from downtown by going 10 out of 29 and finished the game at 24 out of 32 at the charity stripe (75.0%). In relation to how they attacked the glass, New Orleans permitted Minnesota to snag 35 in all (5 offensive).
Zion Williamson pitched in for the Pelicans for the game. He made 14 out of 21 for the matchup for a rate of 66.7%, and had 3 rebounds. Williamson tallied 43 points in his 34 minutes on the hardwood and had 5 assists in the game.
New Orleans has a mark of 22-12 for the season. As an offensive unit, the Pelicans are hitting on 48.3% from the field, which has them ranked 5th in basketball. New Orleans has scored 4,006 points on the season (117.8 per game) and they average 45.4 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 26.9 times per game (5th in the league) and they are giving up possession 15.3 times per contest. The Pelicans are responsible for committing 20.4 fouls every game while shooting 78.6% from the free throw line.
The Pelicans defensively are ranked 14th in the NBA in points given up per game with 112.6. They are forcing their opponents into 15.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 46.5% from the field (11th in the league). The New Orleans defense concedes 33.6% on 3-point attempts (425 of 1,265) and opponents are connecting on 77.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 25.2 dimes and 42.1 total boards per game, ranking them 15th and 7th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New Orleans
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