Philadelphia 76ers at New Orleans Pelicans
|Date & Time||Monday February 25, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
Smoothie King Center
The Line: New Orleans -1.5 -- Over/Under 238
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The Philadelphia 76ers and the New Orleans Pelicans collide at the Smoothie King Center on Monday night.
The Philadelphia 76ers have been in decent shape as they’ve won four of their last six games but they will be looking to bounce back after getting blown out by the Trailblazers in a 130-115 home loss on Saturday. Ben Simmons led the team with 29 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists, Tobias Harris added 20 points while Jimmy Butler and Mike Scott each scored 15 points. As a team, the 76ers shot 48 percent from the field and nine of 24 from the 3-point line while holding the Trailblazers to just five of 23 shooting from the 3-point line, but this loss was all about their lackadaisical effort coming out of the half which led to them getting outscored by 41-26 in the third quarter. Joel Embiid was rested for the game with knee soreness and his status for Monday is currently uncertain. With the loss, Philadelphia fell to 38-22 on the season which is good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans haven’t been playing too bad themselves considering what they’ve had to endure this season and they will be looking to build on Saturday’s 128-115 home win over the Lakers. Jrue Holiday drained five 3-pointers on his way to 27 points and seven assists, Julius Randle added 24 points while Ian Clark chipped in with 17 points off the bench. As a team, the Pelicans shot a healthy 52 percent from the field and 15 of 40 from the 3-point line, but this game was a little personal and you could tell the Pelicans wanted this win more after pouring in 42 points in the first quarter, all without their best player in Anthony Davis who was injured. With the much-needed win, New Orleans improved to 27-34 overall and 18-11 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a double-digit loss at home, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss. The Pelicans are 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine games against a team above .600, 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a win and 5-0 ATS in their last five Monday games.
Head to head, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings and the road team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
The 76ers will be eager to bounce back after falling to the Trailblazers on Saturday, but the news is that they’re like to again be without their big man in Embiid. Still, the 76ers have been building nicely with Harris working his way into the offense so they look like decent value as the road underdog here, especially with the Pelicans having nothing to play for at this stage of the season. This one could go either way, but the 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a double-digit loss at home and I think that trend continues as they bounce back with a solid road win here.