The New Orleans Pelicans (6-19), who are currently riding a 10-game losing streak, will attempt to get back in the win column when they head to Wells Fargo Center to square off against the Philadelphia 76ers (19-7). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, December 13, 2019.
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The Pelicans were beaten by the Milwaukee Bucks in their last outing, 127-112. They were not able to cover as 9-point underdogs. Brandon Ingram had a good performance for New Orleans, finishing with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Milwaukee forced the Pelicans into a turnover percentage of 17.7 (above their season average of 13.3). New Orleans, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of making free throws (18-22; 81.8 percent). The two teams combined to put up 239 points, which came in over the O/U total of 232.5.
In the 76ers’ last game, they beat the Boston Celtics, 115-109, as 5-point underdogs. With 38 points on 12-for-21 shooting, Joel Embiid was the top scorer from either team. Philadelphia played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.232 (above their season average of 0.196) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (above their season average of 23.3). Boston recorded marks of 0.154 and 19.6, respectively, for those same stats. Combined, the two teams scored 224 points, which was well over the O/U total of 208.5.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Philadelphia figures to have a significant advantage. The upper-echelon 76ers offense ranks sixth in the NBA in that metric at 0.540, while the New Orleans defense is ranked 26th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.549). Additionally, second chance points could be few and far between for the Pelicans. They rank 21st in the NBA in offensive rebounding percentage at 21.8 percent, while the 76ers are the best on the defensive glass (defensive rebounding percentage of 82.5 percent).
Of New Orleans’ 25 games, 13 have finished under the O/U total, while 13 of Philadelphia’s 25 games have finished under the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the 76ers have a significant advantage. They are 19-7 SU and 12-11-2 ATS, while the Pelicans are 6-19 SU and 8-16-1 ATS.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the 76ers won both games last season. In the last game, Philadelphia won 111-110. Philadelphia had a better offensive rebounding percentage (27.3 vs. 24.6). New Orleans, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (10.2 vs. 14.8).
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Philadelphia 76ers Prediction
NBA Tip: SU Winner – Pelicans, ATS Winner – Pelicans, O/U – Under
Philadelphia ranks second in second chance points allowed per game (10.8) while New Orleans ranks 25th (14.7).
Philadelphia averages 8.7 steals per game, which ranks third in the NBA. New Orleans ranks 16th in steals allowed per game (8.0).
The 76ers rank 16th in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.3) while the Pelicans rank 26th (19.5).
New Orleans is 3-8-1 ATS on the road, while Philadelphia is 7-5-1 ATS at home.
Philadelphia is 3-1-1 ATS with 3 unders, 1 over and 1 push in its last five games.
Over its past five outings, New Orleans is 0-5 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The 76ers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 11.6, up from 6.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Pelicans have scored an average of 105.6 points per game (7.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 123.8 points per game (4.0 above their season average).