New Orleans vs Philadelphia: prediction for the NBA fixture
New Orleans Pelicans
In the off-season there were no major changes in the New Orleans' squad. Team signed Jonas Valanciunas, but that's the only huge acquirement of the club. Overall, Pelicans are not looking great now. Team's main star is Zion Williamson. But he is injured again, so he won't play against Philadelphia.
During the preseason New Orleans won only one match. Their offensive performance was terrible. In three most recent matches Willie Green's men failed to score 100 points. It is hard to expect a success from the Pelicans.
Philadelphia 76ers are approaching the first game of the regular season with huge problems. Ben Simmons drama is still going on. Australian player is the one, who always puts his team down, just like Kyrie Irving in the Brooklyn Nets. But Simmons won't play in the match against New Orleans. Doc Rivers fined Simmons and suspended him for one game. Shake Milton is also on team's injuried list.
During the preseason 76ers recorded two victories, they beat Brooklyn (115:104) and Toronto (125:113). Overall, Philadelphia put up a decent performance.
Throughout his career Lithuanian player averages 12,5 rebounds per game in the regular season matches
In three most recent matches Pelicans failed to score more than 110 points
Green averages 9,5 points per game in regular season games
It is unclear, how is New Orleans going to win this game. Pelicans have almost no chance without Williamson. Philadelphia have a great roster, so Green's men are unlikely to put up a fight.
We are not expecting a sensation in this match. Philadelphia should be able to record the first victory in the regular season.
Our prediction - Philadelphia to win (Including OT)
Prediction: Philadelphia to win (Including OT)
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Pelicans were looking weak in preseason games. Their offensive game is just terrible now. Sixers are looking great on defense, so Pelicans' offense is unlikely to score many points.
Our second bet is on total under 228,5 points