Expect a fast-paced game when the New Orleans Pelicans (28-25), 5.5-point underdogs, head to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers (26-25). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 220.5 points and it will air on Fox Sports – New Orleans at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 9, 2018.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Philadelphia 76ers ATS Odds
In their last matchup, the 76ers were victorious over the Washington Wizards, 115-102, while the Pelicans lost big to the Utah Jazz, 133-109.
The 76ers, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.524, had a ridiculous mark of 0.634 and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.3 (above their season average of 25.7). New Orleans, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (12.4 vs. 11.9). Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid led the way, putting up 27 points and 13 rebounds. Meanwhile, Jrue Holiday played a key role for New Orleans with 28 points and five rebounds.
There could be plenty of transition action in this contest that features a pair of the NBA’s more fast-breaking teams. Philadelphia ranks fifth in possessions per game (101.3) and New Orleans is second (102.2). Furthermore, the Pelicans’ third-ranked offense (effective field goal percentage of 0.547) will face off against the 76ers’ second-ranked defense (effective field goal percentage allowed of 0.494).
Of the Pelicans’ 53 games, 32 have finished over the total. New Orleans comes into the game with records of 28-25 straight up (SU) and 27-26 against the spread (ATS).
Just over half of 76ers games have finished over the total. Additionally, Philadelphia is 26-25 SU and 28-23 ATS.
In their first matchup this year, Anthony Davis led the Pelicans to a 131-124 win. He produced 29 points, eight rebounds and five blocks. The two teams combined for 255 points, which was well over the projected point total of 217.5, and New Orleans covered as a 7-point favorite. New Orleans’ 0.669 effective field goal percentage was its largest advantage over Philadelphia, who had a mark of 0.505.
New Orleans Pelicans at Philadelphia 76ers Free Pick
NBA Pick: SU Winner – 76ers, ATS Winner – 76ers, O/U – Over
The Pelicans average 16.4 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 16th in the league. The 76ers rank last in points off turnovers allowed per game (19.4).
New Orleans ranks fourth in blocks allowed per game (4.2) while Philadelphia ranks 27th (5.3).
The 76ers rank first in rebounds per game (46.7) while the Pelicans rank 22nd in rebounds allowed per game (44.3).
Philadelphia ranks eighth in fast break points allowed per game (10.5) while New Orleans ranks 28th (14.2).
Philadelphia averages 8.1 steals per game, which ranks 11th in the NBA. New Orleans ranks 25th in steals allowed per game (8.4).
The 76ers rank third in points allowed in the paint per game (41.5) while the Pelicans rank 24th (46.7).
The 76ers rank third in assists per game (25.4) while the Pelicans rank 23rd in assists allowed per game (24.2).
Philadelphia averages 28.7 three pointers per game, which ranks 16th in the NBA. New Orleans ranks 26th in three pointers allowed per game (31.0).
Philadelphia ranks fifth in second chance points per game (13.6) while New Orleans ranks 26th in second chance points allowed per game (13.5).
New Orleans is 8-1 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Philadelphia is 10-0.
When reaching 100 points, the Pelicans are 26-18 and the 76ers are 23-16.
New Orleans is 16-11 ATS on the road, while Philadelphia is 15-8 ATS at home.
The total has gone under in 12 of the 76ers’ 23 home games, while 14 of the Pelicans’ 27 road games have gone under.
The 76ers are 2-3 ATS over their last five games, while the Pelicans are 1-4.
In their last five games, Philadelphia has 3 unders and 2 overs, while New Orleans has 3 overs and 2 unders.
During their last five games, the 76ers have scored an average of 102.6 points per game (5.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 104.4 points per game (2.1 below their season average).
The Pelicans’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 8.2, up from 0.4 for the season.