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New Orleans Pelicans vs Philadelphia 76ers NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 10/20/2021

Philadelphia 76ers (0-0) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (0-0)
October 20, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +4.5; Over/Under: -227.5
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The Philadelphia 76ers and the New Orleans Pelicans duke it out at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night.

The Philadelphia 76ers have had to deal with so much drama ever since they lost to the Hawks in the playoffs last season. Ben Simmons has been demanding a trade for a while now, but his poor performance in the playoffs and his behavior since has really hurt his trade value, so the 76ers will hold onto him until they can get something of value in return. Joel Embiid remains the key for the 76ers going forward, but at least they now have two quality backups in Georges Niang and Andre Drummond.

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have one of the most talented young rosters in the league and they will be eager to make some noise and maybe even sneaking into the playoffs. Obviously, the Pelicans will rely heavily on Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, but they have a long list of young players who could easily sneak into the starting lineup including Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Kira Lewis Jr. and Trey Murphy III who has been lighting up summer league.

Looking at the betting trends, the 76ers are 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games as a road favorite and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six Wednesday games. The Pelicans are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games playing on three or more days rest.

Head to head, the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings overall and the 76ers are 0-4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.

This should be a fun one to watch as there’s just so much drama surrounding the 76ers and Ben Simmons which must be such a distraction with the season just beginning. The Pelicans could see this as a great opportunity to steal a game from the 76ers, but they’re going to need role players to support Williamson and Ingram who can’t do it on their own in this one. It feels like a tricky time to be picking the 76ers, but I think they will still be good enough to get the job done on the road behind a big game from Embiid.

Peter Tran's Free Pick:
Philadelphia -4.5
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Peter Tran

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