New Orleans Pelicans (28-25) at Philadelphia 76ers (26-25)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -6 -- Over/Under: 220 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and the Philadelphia 76ers duke it out at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night.
The New Orleans Pelicans have lost four of their last five games and they will be looking to avoid a third straight defeat after Wednesday’s home game against the Pacers was postponed due to a roof leak. The Pelicans have been in a bit of a slump since DeMarcus Cousins went down with injury and they will be aiming to bounce back from Monday’s 133-109 loss to the Jazz. Jrue Holiday led the team with 28 points, Rajon Rondo added 18 points with eight assists while Anthony Davis chipped in with 15 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Pelicans shot 50 percent from the field and eight of 22 from the three-point line but there was just no keeping up with the Jazz who shot a ridiculous 58 percent from the field thanks largely to Rodney Hood who poured in 30 points on 12 of 14 shooting. With the loss, New Orleans dropped to 28-25 overall and 14-12 at home.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have lost four of their last six games but they will be looking to build on Tuesday’s 115-102 home win over the Wizards. Joel Embiid led the way with 27 points and 12 rebounds, Dario Saric added 20 points, JJ Redick had 18 points with six assists while Ben Simmons chipped in with 15 points and eight assists. As a team, the 76ers shot a healthy 55 percent from the field and 14 of 28 from the three-point line but it was really all about their play in the first quarter where they outscored the Wizards by 37-20 to take control of the game early. With the win, Philadelphia improved to 26-25 overall and 14-10 at home where they have won five in a row.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 4-1 ATS in their last five Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. Meanwhile, the 76ers are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games, 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games playing on two days’ rest and 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games against a team with a winning road record.
Head to head, the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings, the road team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the Pelicans are 1-3-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
These two teams have already met once this season with the Pelicans winning by 131-124 back on Dec 10. The Pelicans have been in a bit of a slump lately but they’ll be fully rested coming into this game as they haven’t played since Monday, so it should be a close match with the 76ers who looked great in their win over the red-hot Wizards on Tuesday, so I’m sticking with the 76ers to get the win and cover at home where they’ve covered in each of their last five games.