New Orleans Pelicans vs. Nets: Odds, predictions and how to watch

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles against New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles against New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /

The New Orleans Pelicans will try to stop their free fall tonight at home vs. the Brooklyn Nets, which will be no easy task.

The Pelicans currently have the worst record in the NBA at 1-11 while the Nets (who are title favorites) have started the season with an 8-4 mark.

The Pels will be without Zion Williamson and there is no timetable for his return. Brandon Ingram is listed as questionable, as is forward Naji Marshall.

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The Nets will be missing Kyrie Irving, who is still out with an apparent head injury.

The Pelicans are coming off an embarrassing home loss to the OKC Thunder that had coach Willie Green questioning the team’s effort.

The Pels seem to have bought in to Green’s coaching philosophy, so it will be interesting to see how they respond after getting chewed out by their coach.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Brooklyn Nets: Odds, spread and over/under

According to WynnBET, the New Orleans Pelicans are 6.5 point underdogs to the Nets, which is about as high as you ever see a spread in the NBA.

There isn’t a money line listed for the game currently, but it’s safe to say that the odds are stacked against the Pelicans.

The over/under for the game is set at 210.5, which might seem a bit low given these two teams’ perceived offensive firepower, but so far this season we’ve not seen it, as the Nets have the 21st rated offense in the NBA and the Pels are just 26th overall.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Brooklyn Nets: Predictions

It’s hard to see the New Orleans Pelicans winning this game unless the Nets look past them and don’t show up.

However, there are some interesting matchups in this game. The one I look forward to is Herbert Jones trying to stop Kevin Durant and James Harden. Jones has been a lockdown defender so far this season, which has earned him some national attention and a spot on the KIA Rookie Ladder.

He will probably get some time on both Nets’ stars throughout the game, and he and Josh Hart are going to have their hands full.

The one area the Pels should have an advantage is at center, so Jonas Valanciunas is a strong play again if you are in daily fantasy leagues. Valanciunas is the only player in the NBA averaging at least 20 points and 14 rebounds and he should be able to abuse Blake Griffin in the paint.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Brooklyn Nets: How to watch

Once again, you can catch the New Orleans Pelicans on Bally Sports New Orleans. If you prefer to listen on the radio, the game is available on ESPN 100.3 tonight at 7:00 PM CT.

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