Postponed: New Orleans Pelicans at Philadelphia 76ers - 12/19/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Postponed: New Orleans Pelicans at Philadelphia 76ers - 12/19/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers (15-15) vs New Orleans Pelicans (10-21)

Game Info: Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia 76ers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 210 Click Here for the Latest Odds

This game has been postponed due to COVID-19. The New Orleans Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers meet Sunday in NBA action at the Wells Fargo Center. The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Philadelphia 76ers need a win after losing four of their last five games.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 104.4 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 110 points on 47 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 23.3 points and 6.2 rebounds, while Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 18.9 points and 11.9 rebounds. Devonte’ Graham is the third double-digit scorer and Nickeil Alexander-Walker is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.7 rebounds per game.

The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 105.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 106.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 24.3 points and 4.3 assists, while Tobias Harris is averaging 18.5 points and 3.4 assists. Tyrese Maxey is the third double-digit scorer and Seth Curry is dishing 3 assists. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 81.4 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game.

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The Pelicans are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games. The 76ers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 7-3 in Pelicans last 10 overall. The under is 4-0 in 76ers last 4 home games. The Pelicans are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia and 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

I'm not running to the window to the window to back either of these teams, but I'm certainly not backing either of these teams in the underdog role. While the Pelicans have their issues, the Philadelphia 76ers are losing their last five games by an average of 12.4 points. The 76ers also win at home by an average of just 0.8 points. If forced to pick this contest, I have no choice but to grab the points, as it's a fade of the 76ers more than anything. 

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans +5.5

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