San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 3/26/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Bally Sports New Orleans
Smoothie King Center is the site where the New Orleans Pelicans (31-42) will play the San Antonio Spurs (29-44) on Saturday.
The Spurs played the Trail Blazers and went home with a win by a final score of 133-96 in their last contest. San Antonio finished the contest with a 48.9% FG percentage (46 out of 94) and converted 19 of 44 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Spurs converted 22 of 24 attempts for a rate of 91.7%. When discussing getting rebounds, they compiled 53 with 14 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 34 assists for this game in addition to creating 5 turnovers and having 8 steals. When it comes to defense, San Antonio allowed 38.3% from the floor on 36 of 94 shooting. Portland earned 43 assists and had 18 steals for the contest. On top of that, Portland snagged 31 rebounds (12 offensive, 19 defensive) and had 11 blocked shots. Portland shot 94.4% at the free throw line by making 17 of their 18 tries. They also made 7 out of their 26 attempts from long range. When discussing fouls, the Spurs walked away with 13 and the Trail Blazers racked up 16 fouls.
Dejounte Murray is someone who was a major contributor for this contest. Murray walked away from this one shooting 71.4% from the field and also totaled 7 assists. He saw the court for 30 minutes and collected 6 boards. He totaled 28 points on 10 out of 14 shooting.
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San Antonio will take the court with a mark of 29-44 for the season. They are averaging 112.9 points per contest (7th in the league) while going 46.6% from the field. The Spurs are connecting on 35.2% on shots from 3-point land (824 of 2,341) and 74.8% from the free throw line. As a team, San Antonio is snagging 45.3 boards per game and has racked up 2,047 assists for the season, which has them ranked 1st in the league in terms of passing. They are turning it over 12.8 times per game and as a team they are committing 18.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Spurs are able to force 14.0 turnovers per game while drawing 18.7 fouls. They are giving up 35.8% on three-point shots and they rank 25th in the league in PPG allowed (113.4). The Spurs defense is giving up a FG percentage of 46.9% (3,125 of 6,666) and they relinquish 47.1 boards per contest as a unit. They are 10th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,742 relinquished on the season.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Pelicans took home the win by a final score of 126-109 against the Bulls. The Pelicans were able to snag 33 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 43 in this matchup. They gave up possession 10 times, while recording 10 steals in the game. The Bulls were called for 15 fouls for this game which took the Pelicans to the free throw line for 34 shots. They were able to bury 32 of the free throw tries for a clip of 94.1%. When discussing shooting from distance, New Orleans buried 12 out of 29 tries (41.4%). When all was said and done, the Pelicans shot 41 for 83 from the field which gave them a percentage of 49.4%. The Pelicans permitted the Bulls to make 40 of 78 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.3% for the game. They finished 41.2% from beyond the arc via 14 out of 34 and ended up shooting 15 out of 19 at the free throw line (78.9%). Regarding how they rebounded, New Orleans permitted Chicago to grab 29 in total (4 on the offensive side).
Devonte' Graham pitched in for the Pelicans for this contest. He made 8 out of 12 in this game for a rate of 66.7%, and totaled 2 rebounds. Graham earned 30 points in his 29 mins on the court and accumulated 4 assists in this contest.
New Orleans has a record of 31-42 on the campaign. On the offensive side of the court, the Pelicans are connecting on 45.5% from the field, which ranks them 21st in the league. New Orleans has accumulated 7,941 pts so far this season (108.8 per game) and they collect 45.6 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 25.0 times per contest (12th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.2 times per contest. The Pelicans are responsible for committing 20.0 fouls every game and they go 78.9% from the free throw line.
The Pelicans are ranked 14th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 109.8. They are forcing 13.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.7% from the floor (21st in the league). The New Orleans defense surrenders 35.9% on shots from distance (938 of 2,610) and opponents are converting on 78.4% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 24.3 dimes and 42.0 boards every game, which ranks them 15th and 3rd in the NBA.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take New Orleans
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