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(28-25) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Philadelphia 76ers (26-25)
Date: Friday February 9th
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NBA Moneyline Odds: 76ers -200
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -5
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
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The New Orleans Pelicans are looking to get back on track, as they travel to face the talented Philadelphia 76ers. The Pelicans are 1-4 over their last five, and are riding a two game losing streak. The Philadelphia 76ers are 2-3 over the last five games, and have been underwhelming as of late. They recently handled the Washington Wizards, 115-102.
The last time the Pelicans and 76ers took the court against each other, was December 10th. The Pelicans got the win at home, 131-124. Expect this game to be different for New Orleans without Cousins in the lineup.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans, have yet to rebound from the loss of Boogie Cousins. Cousins is arguably the best true big man in the NBA. His 25 points and 13 rebound per game, can’t be replaced. Since his injury, the Pelicans have been active before the trade deadline.
New Orleans acquired Nikola Mirotic from the Bulls, but has not meshed well with the Pelicans so far. Mirotic was averaging 17 points per game with the Bulls before the trade. Mirotic had five points on 2 of 9 shooting from the floor, in their most recent loss at home against the Jazz.
If Mirotic can’t play better, expect the Pelicans to miss the playoffs. In their recent loss to the Jazz, the Pelicans allowed 133 points at home. If losing to at home to Utah by 24 points is not a terrible sign, I don’t know what is. Anthony Davis continues to play at an All NBA level, but can’t do it himself.
The way the Pelicans roster was constructed, was around Davis and Cousins. The Pelicans lack of strong guard play, was a big reason the team was struggling to make the playoffs. Now, the combination of Cousins being out and their terrible defensive, play spells disaster for New Orleans.
The Pelicans are allowing 111.1 points per game this year. Expect that number to go up since the loss of Cousins.
The Philadelphia 76ers are arguably the most talented team in the Eastern Conference, but don’t have the experience to be a top tier team in the East. Philadelphia recently handed it to the Wizards, winning by 13 points. Joel Embiid did not disappoint. He finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds. He also shot 10 of 20 from the floor in the home win.
Aside from last night’s win, the 76ers need to be more consistent. Ben Simmons is the front runner for league rookie of the year. Simmons is averaging 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.2 assists this year. His outstanding play is one of the reasons why the 76ers are in playoff contention. J.J. Redick is quietly averaging 17 points per game this year for the 76ers.
If Philadelphia can become a more consistent team, they would be dangerous in the playoffs. The 76ers also have issues closing out games in the final two minutes. Philadelphia is allowing 106.5 points per game this year. Good enough to rank the 76ers 19th in points allowed this year.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-3 in NO last 11 road games.
- PHI are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 Fri. games.
- PHI are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as a favorite.
- Over is 7-3 in PHI last 10 games as a favorite.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Prediction:
Don’t expect much from the Pelicans on the road. The team is one game over .500 as the visiting team this year, with a 14-13 record. Cousins dropped 23 points against the 76ers in the first meeting.
This game has blowout potential. The 76ers are 14-10 at home this year, and could erupt for a big win at home. Expect Simmons and Embiid to be more than the Pelicans can handle in this one.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: 76ers -5
Take the Philadelphia 76ers to cover at home for the win. The Pelicans won’t have an answer other than Davis in this one.
NBA Free Score Prediction: 76ers 115 – Pelicans 95
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