Looking to win big? The Nets and Pelicans face off at 8:00 ET on BSNO. The Pelicans are hosting the game at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. The over/under for this game is set at 229.5 points, and the Pelicans are the home favorites against the Nets in a non-conference matchup.
BROOKLYN NETS VS NEW ORLEANS PELICANS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Brooklyn Nets +6.5
This game will be played at Smoothie King Center at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.
WHY BET THE BROOKLYN NETS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 113-110 in favor of the Pelicans.
- Our projections have Brandon Ingram finishing with Brandon Ingram points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
- From the field, we have the Pelicans finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.2% and knocking down 13 threes.
Can Brooklyn Lock in a Road Win?
Heading into today’s game vs. the Pelicans, the Nets are the underdogs at 6.5-points. So far, Brooklyn has an overall record of 15-18, which has them 9th in the Eastern Conference. Against other teams in the East, the Nets have gone 13-11 compared to just 2-7 in non-conference games.
On the road, Brooklyn will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak. This season, the Nets have gone 6-10 on the road. Their average scoring margin on the road is -4.9 points per game.
Brooklyn’s ATS record as the underdog this season is 9-10, and they have failed to cover the spread in six straight games as the underdog. The Nets’ straight-up record as the underdog is also negative, sitting at 5-15.
The Nets’ average over/under record for the season is 18-15, and the under has hit in each of their last two games. So far, their games have averaged a total of 232 points, and today’s over/under line is 229.5.
When looking at their season average of 115.6 points per game, the Nets had a below average game. Against the Thunder, they scored 108 points and had a field goal percentage of 38%. Overall, the Nets have a field goal percentage of 46% which ranks 24th in the nation. When it comes to three-pointers, they are 8th in percentage and 8th in three-pointers made.
At this time, the Nets’ defense is positioned 20th in the NBA, permitting 116.4 points per game. The Nets defense is coming off a game in which they held the Thunder offense to just 38% shooting. Overall, they gave up 124 points to Oklahoma City.
Is A Home Victory Likely for Favored New Orleans?
Coming into today’s matchup vs. the Nets, the Pelicans are 6.5-point favorites at home. If they win, they will also pick up their 3rd straight win. In the West, they currently sit in 6th place but lead the Southwest Division.
Through 33 games, New Orleans has gone 19-14 and has an average scoring differential of +4.8 PPG at home compared to +.8 PPG on the road. Against the spread, they are 18-15, both straight-up and at home.
So far, the Pelicans have been the favorites in 19 of their 33 games and have gone 11-8 SU in those games. Their average scoring margin as the favorite is 5.3 points per game. When playing at home, they have an average scoring margin of +4.8 points as the favorite.
In terms of the over/under results, New Orleans has gone 16-17 this season, and the over has been the result in each of their previous games with higher over/under lines than today’s line of 229.5. On average, their games have finished with 228.9 points per contest this season.
In their most recent game, the Pelicans put up 129 points vs. the Lakers, surpassing their season average of 116 PPG. Brandon Ingram leads the team with 23.3 PPG, while Zion Williamson is averaging 22.4 PPG.
Coming into the game, the Pelicans defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 36.4% of their games. Currently, they are 12th in the NBA at 113.0 points per game allowed. So far this season, the Pelicans’ defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 11th in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 23.2 times per game vs. New Orleans.