Knicks vs Pelicans Prediction - NBA Picks 4/7/23

New Orleans Pelicans (41-39) vs New York Knicks (47-33)

Game Info: Friday, April 7, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans -7.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans meet Friday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The New York Knicks are averaging 115.9 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 112.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Julius Randle is averaging 25.1 points and 10 rebounds, while Jalen Brunson is averaging 24 points and 3.5 rebounds. RJ Barrett is the third double-digit scorer and Immanuel Quickley is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 114.5 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 112.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 26 points and 7 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 24.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 10.1 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game.

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The Knicks are 36-15 ATS in their last 51 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 overall. The under is 17-6 in Pelicans last 23 overall. The Knicks are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in New Orleans.

The New York Knicks are locked into a playoff matchup with the Cavs, so I would expect them to sit a lot of their key players. The New Orleans Pelicans are fighting for seeding in the play-in tournament and still have a chance to snag the sixth seed if things break right. The Pels are playing well and have more to play for in this matchup. I'll lay the chalk with the home team.

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans -7.5

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