The Brooklyn Nets take on the New Orleans Pelicans for the second time in the regular season with the Pelicans hosting the No 2. seed team in the Eastern Conference. With the Pelicans struggling to fight for a playoff spot, the Nets sit comfortably behind the top seed team in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers. This is an interesting bout between a team chasing wins and a team that has the luxury to take it slow leading to the postseason.
Steve Nash and his Nets team are coming off a tough two-point loss to Miami after winning two of their last four outings. Meanwhile, the Pelicans struggle to climb up the standings and are currently on a three-game losing streak slump. This Nets vs. Pelicans game allows the latter to redeem themselves and get back on track. NitroBetting news takes a closer look at the approaching matchup, featuring important talking points for both teams, betting trends, the latest NBA odds, and expert betting predictions.
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Nets vs. Pelicans Game Information
- When: Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 07:30 PM ET
- Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
- TV: NBA TV / ESPN
- Radio: Sports Radio 66 (Nets) / ESPN New Orleans 100.3 FM (Pelicans)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: TBA
Why Bet on the Brooklyn Nets?
Just a few days ago, the Nets’ lineup thinned out after LaMarcus Aldridge announced his retirement following the discovery of a heart issue. Nevertheless, it was all business for the team as they continue to improve their record and close down on the 76ers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
However, their last few games have been inconsistent, winning only two out of five outings, so expect the team to take it up a notch coming into this game.
Without one of the big three names, James Harden, in the lineup, Durant and Irving are expected to carry the scoring load for the team this Tuesday. But, in their previous game against the Heat, it was Landry Shamet who stepped up, scoring 30 points and 3 assists in 38 minutes. This was followed by a 20-point and 9-assist performance by Kyrie Irving. Durant took it easy, playing fourminutes throughout the game, but added a respectable 8 points to the final score.
Why Bet on the New Orleans Pelicans?
The struggling Pelicans team is looking to regain some traction after a series of losses that brings their losing streak to three after recently losing to the Knicks.
They are still a handful of wins away from clinching a playoff spot, and that’s if the Spurs and Warriors don’t do well in the coming weeks. It’s going to be tough for the Pelicans, but the possibility of reaching the playoffs remains.
For now, the Pelicans have to overcome the mighty Nets. Despite their last loss to the Knicks in overtime, the numbers look promising. Zion Williams led the scoring with 34 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists to his name. Eric Bledsoe scored 22, while Brandon Ingram added 19 points.
The ever-reliable Steven Adams proved his worth to the team since first suiting up, and he now puts up respectable numbers, recording 10 points and 14 rebounds. Williamson has to force the issue and take advantage of mismatches against Brooklyn’s vulnerable defense.
Nets vs. Pelicans Betting Trends
- The Nets are 5-5 in their last 10 road games.
- The Nets are 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 road games.
- The totals have gone under 5 times in the Nets’ last 10 games.
- The Pelicans are 6-4 in their last 10 home games.
- The Pelicans are 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 home games.
- The totals have gone over in 6 of the Pelicans’ last 10 games.
Nets vs. Pelicans Expert Betting Prediction
The Nets are the better team on paper, but the Pelicans remain capable of taking down some of the top teams in the league at their best. If the lineup stays healthy and they can play consistently, the Nets are going to have a tight contest ahead of them.
On top of that, the Pelicans have been good at covering the spread as of late, so bear that in mind before locking in your predictions. Ultimately, a Nets team firing on all cylinders will be tough to beat, but the Pelicans team is up for the challenge.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.