Philadelphia 76ers (35-16) at New Orleans Pelicans (22-29)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +7.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Friday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Philadelphia 76ers look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 114 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 29.9 points and 11.2 rebounds while Tobias Harris is averaging 20.5 points and 3.6 assists. Ben Simmons is the third double-digit scorer and Shake Milton is dishing three assists. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game.
The New Orleans Pelicans need a win after losing four of their last five games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 114.9 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 115.5 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 26.3 points and seven rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 23.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. Lonzo Ball is the third double-digit scorer and James Johnson is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 39.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game.
The 76ers are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Pelicans are 16-34-2 ATS in their last 52 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in 76ers last 5 overall. The over is 35-17 in Pelicans last 52 overall. The 76ers are 1-3-2 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Philadelphia 76ers have been winning and covering numbers all season and they'll blow a team out that's not ready to match their energy. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost four of their last five games, and they're losing those games by an average of 13 points while allowing 49.8 percent shooting from the field. It's hard to back the Pelicans with confidence, possibly the most disappointing team in the league given their talent level. I'll lay the chalk with the 76ers.