NBA Betting? Pelicans vs 76ers Predictions
Friday night NBA basketball betting action sees the New Orleans Pelicans taking on the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cappers Picks provides free NBA basketball handicapping tips all season long.
Back at the .500 mark, the Pelicans will look to jump a game over when they head up to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers.
New Orleans Pelicans (19-19) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7-31)
Friday, Jan 16
7:00 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
NBA Basketball Betting Lines: New Orleans -8
NBA Basketball O/U: 194.5
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Philadelphia has improved since their abysmal beginning to the season and is no longer the NBA’s worst team. The Pelicans will be looking to build off their solid road performance last time out in Detroit.
Things haven’t been easy for Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. They’ve lacked consistency throughout the entire season as they continue to try and climb above the .500 mark and get back into the Western Conference Playoff race. If they have any hopes of competing for a spot, games against lower tier teams are ones they’ll certainly have to win. Grabbing a win against a team that is 2-16 in their own building is an absolute must.
The Pelicans tried to boost their roster with the acquisition of Quincy Pondexter. The SG was acquired from in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies earlier in the week. Pondexter scored scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in his Pelicans debut. He’ll need to have similar performances like the one on Monday if he hopes to continue to see playing time.
The Pelicans currently sit 2.5 games out of the 8th seed in the West. While their lineup has shown it can score, the defense has lacked on many occasions. Averaging 101.5 points a game (15th), the Pelicans are allowing 100.8 (20th). They’ll need to improve on that points allowed number if they want to start piling up the wins.
On the road this season, New Orleans is just 7-14. Things get worse against the Eastern Conference on the road, as they are just 1-7 vs. them.
The 76ers obviously know they aren’t going anywhere this season. Even with an 0-17 start, they’re now showing signs of a bright future with their young stars. Philadelphia was playing some of their best basketball of the season as they had won 3 of 4, but losses to Atlanta and Toronto have suffered the youngest team in the NBA a minor setback.
Every game it seems like the 76ers will get a contribution from one player, but fail to have anybody else step up. That was the case last time out against Toronto, as Michael Carter-Williams scored 29 points, but couldn’t get any support as they fell by 16 in the end. The 76ers scored just 84 points, which is fitting as they are averaging only 90.3 a game (30th).
Philadelphia may be one of the worst teams at home in terms of straight up record with just a 2-16 record, but backers haven’t been too bad as the 76ers have gone 10-8 ATS in those 18 games.
NBA Basketball Trends:
- Pelicans are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games.
- Pelicans are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games overall.
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest.
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
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Both teams will have some game time decisions to make as the Pelicans wait to see if Jrue Holiday can give it a go. The 76ers will hope that Tony Wroten and Robert Covington can both play, as they remain questionable.
Free 4* NBA Basketball Pick: New Orleans -8
The Pelicans need to win these types of games. They’re not far off in terms of the playoff race, but beating up the weaker opponents is a must.
New Orleans 103, Philadelphia 87
Anthony Davis should have a big game en route to a Pelicans lopsided victory.