Brooklyn Nets vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Prediction
Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Pelicans will collide this Saturday at the Barclays Center in New York, N.Y. The host, New Orleans Pelicans will have a tough task of getting past the challenge of the Brooklyn Nets. The difference of ranking between the two teams in the NBA points table tells the entire story.
Brooklyn Nets with 26 wins and 15 defeats are 3rd placed team in Eastern Conference while New Orleans Pelicans are 12th Western Conference. They have 16 victories in 38 games this season. Looking at the recent form, the Pelicans have won their last two games while the Nets faced a defeat at the hands of OKC Thunder in their last game.
Pelicans despite playing a host will start as underdogs this Saturday night when they take on mighty Brooklyn Nets.
Brooklyn Nets vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Prediction: Match Odds
The Nets are having an outstanding NBA season and they are candidates to achieve big goals by the end of the year. The team currently occupies the second position in the Eastern Conference standings and just beat by a large margin the conference leaders’ Chicago Bulls.
On the other side of the court, the Pelicans struggled this season and they are the third-worst team in the Western Conference division. The team does not have a positive record neither playing at home nor away from home, and a play-in tournament spot by the end of the regular season would be the only thing the squad could think about.
This is the second time Nets and Pelicans play against each other this season. On Nov.12, both teams met at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans and the Nets beat the home team by 120-112.
|Brooklyn Nets||New Orleans Pelicans||Predicted Winner|
|Oddsshark||Spread: -8.5 (-107)||Spread: +8.5 (-107)||Brooklyn Nets|
|Smarkets||Odds: 1.21||Odds: 3.05||Brooklyn Nets|
Brooklyn Nets vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Prediction: Game Analysis
The shocking 138-112 victory against the Bulls seems to have given a boost to the confidence of the squad. The team dominated the last quarter against the best team in the Eastern Conference table and just positive things were said about Nets’ players by the end of the game.
The Nets have one of the top-10 best offenses in the league with 111.6 PPG average and the fourth-best field goal percentage average, as they have converted 47.1% of their attempts. As mentioned before, the shocking result against the Bulls tends to give more confidence to the players and these stats regarding points per game are likely to go up.
The Nets do not have one of the most solid defenses in the NBA, but their efficiency in the attack compensates for the lack of power in the defense. Despite the fact they allow their opponents to score a high number of points on them, the Nets have the seventh-best numbers regarding blocks in the league.
Kevin Durant, Nets’ small-forward, and James Harden, Nets’ shooting guard, have been the key players for the New Yorkers. Durant has the best points per game average in the league, 29,7 PPG, while Harden has the second-highest assists per game in the league, 9.9 APG.
Brooklyn Nets vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Prediction: Brooklyn Nets Injuries
Joe Harris – Ankle Injury
LaMarcus Aldridge – Foot Injury
New Orleans Pelicans
The 2021-2022 NBA season has been difficult for the Pelicans and a play-in tournament spot can be considered the maximum achievement for their squad this year. The team sits in the 13th position in the Western Conference standings and has a 6-15 record playing on the road.
The Pelicans are ranked as the tenth squad who concede the highest number of points to their opponents, as their rivals average 110.5 points playing against them, and they have the fourth-worst number in the league regarding blocks per game.
They also struggle offensively as they have a low 105.7 points per game average and the fourth-worst field goal percentage in the league, 43.7%. Even though the team showed an improvement regarding scoring points against their opponents in their last 10 matches, they need to improve much more to at least get a play-in tournament position by the end of the regular season.
Brandon Ingram, Pelicans’ point-forward, and Jonas Valanciunas, Pelicans’ center, are the two best players for the Pelicans this season, so far. While the power-forward has the best points per game and assists per game averages in the team, the center has the fourth best rebounds per game average in the league and he has been very important for the team defensively.
Brooklyn Nets vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
Kira Lewis Jr. – Knee Injury
Zion Williamson – Foot Injury
Brooklyn Nets vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Prediction: Game Prediction
Nets vs Pelicans has a very clear favorite and there is no doubt the squad from Louisiana will have a very hard time trying to beat one of the best teams in the league at their own home court.
Another fact which explains the large favoritism of the Nets in this match is the Pelicans road record. As cited before, the Pelicans have a 6-15 record playing on the road, while the Nets have a positive record playing at home. So, looking at all these stats and facts, it is safe to say the Nets will insert one more win into their brilliant NBA campaign.