The New Orleans Pelicans will travel to the Barclays Center on Wednesday evening to take on the Brooklyn Nets in an interconference matchup. This will be the first of two matchups scheduled for these teams to face off this season. The New Orleans Pelicans are 22-27 and are 11th in the Western Conference. They will be in the second-half of a back-to-back as they played in Atlanta against the Hawks on Tuesday night. The Brooklyn Nets are 35-15 and are first in the Eastern Conference. They are coming off a 114-112 win on Monday against the New York Knicks.
These teams are very similar on the defensive side of the floor so it will be interesting to see which offense can take control and score some big buckets. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to decide where we should be placing our wagers.
Keeping the PowerPower forward Zion Williamson has been one of the best young players in the league as well. He is averaging 26.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 32.8 minutes on the court. He needs to keep improving his shooting numbers as he is 62.4 percent from the floor, 34.8 percent from the three-point line, and 70.8 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Celtics, Williamson played 31 minutes and finished with 28 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and four steals. If he can return from his sprained thumb in this game, it will do wonders for the Pelicans.
The New Orleans Pelicans have been one of the lesser defenses in the league at this point as they are giving up 114.9 points per game, which is 27th in the NBA. In their last game against the Houston Rockets, they allowed 122 points on 41-of-89 (46.1 percent) from the floor, 16-of-40 (40 percent) from beyond the arc, and shot 24 free-throws. If the Pelicans can figure out how to start to defend without fouling, they will be a good spot here.
The New Shooting GuardThe Brooklyn Nets have been relying on point guard Kyrie Irving to help carry the offensive load this season. He is averaging 28 points, 4.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.6 blocks, and 1.3 steals in 35.7 minutes on the court. He can be a part of the 50/40/90 club as he is 51.4 percent from the floor, 39.2 percent from beyond the arc, and 90 percent from the free-throw line. In his last game against the Knicks, Irving played 37 minutes and finished with 40 points, two rebounds, seven assists, and a steal. If he can figure out a way to be more efficient from the floor, it will be a dominating game.
MEDICAL UPDATE: James Harden underwent an MRI earlier today which revealed a right hamstring strain. Harden will continue to rehab the hamstring and will be re-evaluated in approximately 10 days. pic.twitter.com/Up1TXYaahQ— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 6, 2021
The Brooklyn Nets are a bad defensive team this season as they are giving up 114.2 points per game, which is 25th in the NBA. In their last game against the New York Knicks, they allowed 112 points on 40-of-86 (46.5 percent) from the field, 14-of-29 (48.3 percent) from deep, and 22 free-throw attempts. If the Nets can defend the three-point shot a little more, they will be set.
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- Pelicans are 5-11-2 ATS in their last 18 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Pelicans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games.