Pelicans vs 76ers Prediction NBA Picks Today 11/29

Pelicans vs 76ers Prediction NBA Picks Today 11/29

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. New Orleans Pelicans - Game Preview

New Orleans, LA; Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. CST

Spread: PHI -1.5
Over/Under: 227.5

Introduction

The New Orleans Pelicans, hosting the Philadelphia 76ers at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. CST, aim to capitalize on their home advantage against the fourth-placed Eastern Conference team. With the possible return of CJ McCollum, the Pelicans have a strong chance of securing a victory against the 12-5 76ers.

This comprehensive preview will delve into player statistics, recent team performances, key matchups, and provide insights into our final prediction.

 

Team Analysis

Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers, boasting a 12-5 record and currently fourth in the Eastern Conference, have been performing well. However, injuries to key players like Danuel House Jr., Jaden Springer, and Kelly Oubre Jr. could impact their lineup against the Pelicans.

Player Spotlight: Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid, averaging an impressive 32.0 points per game, has been the driving force for the 76ers. His performance in the frontcourt is crucial for the team's success.

Injury Report

The 76ers are dealing with key injuries, with Danuel House Jr., Jaden Springer, and Kelly Oubre Jr. ruled out. Their absence might create opportunities for the Pelicans to exploit weaknesses in the 76ers' lineup.

 

New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans, with a 9-9 record and standing ninth in the Western Conference, look to bounce back from recent losses. The potential return of CJ McCollum adds firepower to their lineup, providing additional scoring options alongside Brandon Ingram.

Player Spotlight: Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram, averaging 24.6 points per game, remains a key player for the Pelicans. His scoring ability and leadership will be crucial in the Pelicans' efforts to secure a victory against the 76ers.

Injury Report

The Pelicans have injury concerns, with Matt Ryan and Trey Murphy III listed as game-time decisions. However, the potential return of CJ McCollum adds depth and scoring prowess to their backcourt.

 

Key Matchups and Strategies

With the possible return of CJ McCollum, key matchups and strategic considerations become crucial factors in determining the outcome of the game.

Guard Battle: CJ McCollum vs. 76ers' Backcourt

If CJ McCollum is cleared to play, his matchup against the 76ers' backcourt becomes a focal point. McCollum's scoring ability and playmaking could create challenges for the 76ers and provide the Pelicans with a significant advantage.

Frontcourt Battle: Joel Embiid vs. Jusuf Valanciunas

The battle between Joel Embiid and Jusuf Valanciunas in the frontcourt will be critical. Valanciunas needs to use his defensive skills to contain Embiid and limit his impact on the game.

Bench Contributions

The performance of the bench players will be essential for both teams. The Pelicans, with the potential return of CJ McCollum, can strengthen their second unit and outscore the 76ers' bench.

 

Prediction

With the possible return of CJ McCollum and the home-court advantage, the New Orleans Pelicans have a strong chance of securing a victory against the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers' injuries and the potential offensive boost from McCollum create a favorable scenario for the Pelicans.

Expect Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum to lead the Pelicans in scoring, exploiting any weaknesses in the 76ers' defense. The Pelicans, with a balanced offensive and defensive effort, are poised to win this game and potentially cover the spread.

Pick: New Orleans Pelicans +1.5

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