Philadelphia 76ers vs. New Orleans Pelicans, Thursday, Las Vegas Sports Betting, Basketball Odds, Picks and Prediction

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PHILADELPHIA 76ERS NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
4-18 December 8, 8:00 PM | Smoothie King Center 7-15
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 8, 2016
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
TV: 8 p.m. ET, TCN (Philadelphia), FSN New Orleans
Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread MoneyLine Total
 Philadelphia 76ers  +9 -110  +350  204.5 -110
 New Orleans Pelicans  -9 -110  -420  204.5 -110
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 The Philadelphia 76ers and the New Orleans Pelicans will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Smoothie King Center.
ABOUT THE PELICANS (7-15): New Orleans picked up its level of play when point guard Jrue Holiday returned after being away from the team until the middle of November, but more injuries are holding back the team’s progress. Holiday struggled in the first two games of December and sat out Monday to rest a turf toe issue. Shooting guard E’Twaun Moore, who is third on the team in scoring behind Davis (31.6 points) and Holiday (15.4) at an average of 11.1 points, sat out Tuesday to rest a toe contusion and joins Holiday on the day-to-day list.

ABOUT THE 76ERS (4-18):
Philadelphia brought in veteran power forward Ersan Ilyasova via trade last month and is happy with the deal thus far, especially after Ilyasova pulled down 17 rebounds to go along with 23 points on Tuesday. “He’s a quiet assassin,” 76ers coach Brett Brown told reporters of Ilyasova. “He’s just as steady as anybody I’ve really coached. There’s a gift upstairs about how he sees the sport. He’s been a great acquisition.” Ilyasova is averaging 19.3 points in the last three games and stretches the floor by attempting an average of five 3-pointers and connecting at a 36.7-percent clip.

The New Orleans Pelicans are enduring a three-game losing streak and went to double overtime before falling against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. The Philadelphia 76ers, who host the Pelicans on Thursday, can relate after taking a lead into the fourth quarter and falling to the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

New Orleans‘ losing streak is following a familiar pattern the team established early this season, with star forward Anthony Davis putting up huge numbers and getting little help from his teammates. “We’ve just got to keep fighting,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters. “No one’s going to feel sorry for us. As far as we’re concerned, we’ve got to dig ourselves out of this. It doesn’t matter who’s hurt or not playing. We’ve got to find a way to win games.” The 76ers thought they were on the way up a couple weeks ago, but since dropped eight in a row to top their season-opening seven game slide for their worst this campaign. Philadelphia is constantly playing shorthanded with rookie star Joel Embiid sitting out back-to-backs and capped at 28 minutes, but he should be back in the lineup to go against Davis on Thursday.

New Orleans lost its last outing, a 110-108 result against the Grizzlies on December 05. The Pelicans failed to cover in that game as a -5-point favorite, while the 218 combined points took the game OVER the total.

Philadelphia lost its last outing, a 96-91 result against the Grizzlies on December 06. The 76ers covered in that game as a +7.5-point underdog, while the 187 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

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Philadelphia:
Team record: 4-18 SU,12-10 ATS
Current Streak: lost 8 straight games.
Philadelphia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Philadelphia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Philadelphia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road

New Orleans:
Team record: 7-15 SU,9-12-1 ATS
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
New Orleans is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
New Orleans is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
New Orleans is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Philadelphia at Detroit Sunday, December 11
New Orleans at Los Angeles Saturday, December 10

KEY NOTES
1. 76ers C Jahlil Okafor (illness) sat out the past two games and is day-to-day.
2. Pelicans SG Tyreke Evans (knee) is close to making his season debut and is questionable for Thursday.
3. The home team took each of the last four in the series, including Philadelphia’s 107-93 triumph on April 5.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Philadelphia 76ers will cover the spread at +9 and the game will go over 204 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Pelicans 104, 76ers 101 at bovada-logo-top-book.betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
PHI TEAM NOH
97.5 PTS FOR 102.3
107.1 PTS AGNST 105.4
-9.6 DIFF. -3.1
34.4 DEF REBOUNDS 36.2
9.0 OFF REBOUNDS 8.1
42.9 FG% 44.1
72.1 FT% 77.6
11.0 3 POINTERS 7.8
7.8 STEALS 8.0
INJURIES
PHILADELPHIA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
NEW ORLEANS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Philadelphia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Philadelphia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 9 games on the road
Philadelphia is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing New Orleans
Philadelphia is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
New Orleans is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans’s last 5 games at home
New Orleans is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
New Orleans is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Philadelphia
New Orleans is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Philadelphia’s Overall Scoring vs New Orleans’s Overall Defense 97.6 27 105.4 18
Philadelphia’s Away Scoring vs New Orleans’s Home Defense 94.9 26 109.5 26
Philadelphia’s Road Rebounds vs New Orleans’s Home Rebounds Allowed 40.1 28 50.1 30
New Orleans’s Overall Scoring vs Philadelphia’s Overall Defense 102.3 22 107.1 23
New Orleans’s Home Scoring vs Philadelphia’s Road Defense 108.8 10 113.0 27
New Orleans’s Home Rebounds vs Philadelphia’s Road Rebounds Allowed 45.2 8 48.4 30
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
Philadelphia 42.9 45.6 -2.7
New Orleans 44.1 44.1 0.0
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
Philadelphia 9.0 34.4 43.3
New Orleans 8.1 36.2 44.3
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
Philadelphia 22.4 16.5 1.4
New Orleans 22.7 12.3 1.8
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia gives up the third lowest free throw percentage allowing 74.1% per game.
NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans has the worst rebounds allowed in the league 48.9.

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