76ers vs Pelicans Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Friday, December 30, 2022

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The Philadelphia 76ers (20-13) visit the New Orleans Pelicans (22-12) on December 30, 2022 at Smoothie King Center. The 76ers are favored, by one point, in a matchup pitting one of the NBA’s strongest defensive squads in the league versus one of the highest-scoring squads. The 76ers are second in points allowed per contest (108), while the Pelicans are third in points scored (117.8). The over/under for the matchup is set at 229.5 points.

How to bet 76ers vs. Pelicans

Philadelphia 76ers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 1 point, with oddsmakers listing the 76ers as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the 76ers have -112 odds to pick up the win, while the Pelicans are listed at -107 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 229.5 points.

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76ers vs. Pelicans Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, December 30, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: NBCS
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Arena: Smoothie King Center

76ers vs. Pelicans Betting Trends

The 76ers have 20 wins against the spread in 33 games this year. Philadelphia has won 14, or 66.7%, of the 21 contests in which it was the favorite this year. 76ers games this year have hit the over on 17 of 34 set point totals.

The Pelicans have played 34 games, with 18 wins against the spread. New Orleans has a 6-5 record in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 54.5% of those games). Pelicans games this year have gone over the point total 20 times in 34 opportunities (58.8%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players

76ers

76ers Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Joel Embiid 25 33.7 9.7 4.3 1.2 1.6 1.1
Tyrese Maxey 15 22.9 3.5 4.4 1 0.3 2.9
James Harden 19 22 6.5 11.2 1.5 0.6 2.7
Tobias Harris 30 16.6 6.2 2.7 1.2 0.5 2.1
De’Anthony Melton 30 11.9 4.7 3.2 2 0.4 2.4

Pelicans

Pelicans Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Zion Williamson 26 25.8 7 4.7 1.2 0.6 0.3
CJ McCollum 30 19.4 5.1 6.1 1.1 0.6 2.5
Jonas Valančiūnas 34 13.8 9.4 1.9 0.4 0.4 0.6
Trey Murphy III 31 12.9 4.3 1.5 1.1 0.5 2.4
Herbert Jones 23 10.5 3.5 2.2 1.3 0.7 0.9
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76ers vs. Pelicans Injury Report

Pelicans: Herbert Jones: Questionable (Health Protocols), Larry Nance: Doubtful (Neck), EJ Liddell: Out (Knee), Brandon Ingram: Out (Toe)

What you need to know about the Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia has been lifted by its defense, as it ranks second-best in the NBA by allowing just 108 points per game. It ranks 21st in the league in points scored (111.7 per contest). Offensively the 76ers have played better at home this year, putting up 112.3 points per game, compared to 110.9 per game in away games. In their last 10 games, the 76ers have been racking up 119.4 points per contest, an average that’s significantly higher than the 111.7 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.

Philadelphia is sinking 12.6 three-pointers per game this season (10th-ranked in NBA), and it owns a 38% three-point percentage (fifth-best). The 76ers have taken 60.4% two-pointers and 39.6% from beyond the arc this year. Of the team’s buckets, 68.3% are two-pointers and 31.7% are three-pointers.

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What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans

In 2022-23, New Orleans is third-best in the NBA offensively (117.8 points scored per game) and ranked 13th on defense (112.6 points conceded). The Pelicans average 117.2 points per game at home, and 118.7 on the road. The Pelicans have fared better offensively in their previous 10 games, compiling 120.5 points per contest, 2.7 more than their season average of 117.8.

New Orleans is 21st in the NBA in 3-pointers made (11.4 per game) and 13th in 3-point percentage (36.7%). In 2022-23, the Pelicans have attempted 65.3% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 34.7% percent from beyond it. In terms of made shots, 73.7% of the Pelicans’ baskets have been 2-pointers, and 26.3% have been 3-pointers.

Our prediction to win this contest is the Pelicans, and we project that Pelicans will cover the spread (76ers -1). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 229.5 points.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Smullen

Hailing all the way from Dublin, Ireland, Dan Smullen has BSC. in the Sports and Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick. He is data obsessed. In the past he has worked both as a video performance analyst and provided biometric performance testing and analysis for professional rugby teams. Dan is obsessed about helping the average punter become more successful at sports betting through the assistance of good sports betting data analysis. He has worked with over 200 journalists at multiple editorial teams in his previous role as Head of Search for the largest national news publisher in Ireland.

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