New Orleans Pelicans at Philadelphia 76ers - 1/2/23 NBA Picks and Prediction

Philadelphia 76ers (21-14) vs New Orleans Pelicans (23-13)

Game Info: Monday, January 2, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia 76ers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 232 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Philadelphia 76ers play host to the New Orleans Pelicans at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night.

The New Orleans Pelicans have been in great shape as they’ve won 12 of their last 17 games overall, but they will be looking to bounce back here after having their five-game win streak snapped by the Grizzlies in a 116-101 road loss on Saturday. Zion Williamson led the team with 20 points and nine rebounds, Trey Murphy added 15 points while Jaxson Hayes chipped in with 13 points off the bench. As a team, the Pelicans shot just 35 percent from the field and eight of 30 from the 3-point line which was still enough to hang in the contest and stay within striking distance until the fourth quarter where the Grizzlies poured in 33 points to run away in the end. CJ McCollum had a rough night as he finished with just 10 points on four of 16 shooting while Herbert Jones scored just four points on two of 12 shooting.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have been in red-hot form as they’ve won nine of their last 11 games overall and they will be looking to stay hot after blowing past the Thunder in a 115-96 road win on Saturday. Tobias Harris led the team with 23 points, nine rebounds and four assists, Shake Milton added 18 points, De’Anthony Melton added 17 points while Joel Embiid tallied 16 points with 13 rebounds and 10 assists. As a team, the 76ers shot 46 percent from the field and 11 of 34 from the 3-point line as they jumped all over the Thunder from the start and were never in danger after dominating the first half by 69-43.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss. The 76ers are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Head to head, the Pelicans are 6-1-1 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and the Pelicans are 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings in Philadelphia.

The Pelicans are going to be shorthanded again as Larry Nance Jr and Brandon Ingram are both out, while the 76ers don’t have a single player listed on the injury report which is a real rarity in the league these days. The Pelicans were on a nice run before they got stopped in their tracks by the Grizzlies in their last outing, but they’re going to have to be at their best to compete with the surging 76ers who have been playing some of their best basketball of the season. The Pelicans are capable of pulling off the upset, but they’re just too banged up at the moment, so I’ll stick with the 76ers at the short line.

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Peter’s Pick Philadelphia -5.5

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