Brooklyn Nets vs New Orleans Pelicans

Brooklyn Nets vs New Orleans Pelicans | 2021 NBA Expert Analysis

Written by on April 20, 2021

If both teams were at full strength, it would be a very intriguing, star-studded matchup between the Nets and Pelicans on Tuesday night on national TV, but the Nets are expected to be without All-Stars Kevin Durant and James Harden. The NBA odds will be set when it’s clear on their status – Harden is for sure out.

How to Bet Nets at Pelicans NBA Odds & TV Info

  • When: Tuesday, 7:30 PM ET
  • Where: Smoothie King Center
  • TV: TNT
  • Stream: TNT app
  • Radio:com
  • NBA Odds: TBA

Last Meeting

The teams played April 7 in Brooklyn and the Nets rolled 139-111. Kevin Durant returned from a 23-game absence and had 17 points. Durant came off the bench with about 7 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter and by the time the period ended the Nets had 79 points and a 20-point halftime lead. Brooklyn was a sizzling 14 for 18 (78%) in its 43-point quarter. Pels star Zion Williamson had just 16 on 4-for-12 shooting, ending his streak of 25 straight games with 20 points and 50% shooting. That tied Shaquille O’Neal for the longest such streak since 1954-55, when the shot clock debuted.

Why Bet on Brooklyn? | 2021 NBA Expert Analysis

Brooklyn was a 5-point favorite Sunday in Miami but burned a lot of bettors in losing 109-107 thanks in large part to Kevin Durant leaving early in the game with a thigh contusion. Durant appeared to get tangled with Miami’s Trevor Ariza when he drove toward the basket for a layup in the first quarter. Durant left the game and was examined by a trainer before heading to the Nets locker room. Durant exited with eight points in just over four minutes. It would be a minor surprise if KD were to play here.

The Nets were still in position to win but blew it late and the Heat prevailed on Bam Adebayo’s buzzer-beating jumper. Adebayo drove left, stopped and watched his 13-foot jumper rattle in as time expired. The Heat trailed by six points in the final minutes before finishing the game on a 10-2 run.

Landry Shamet scored a career-high 30 points in the loss, making 10-of-15 shots with seven 3-pointers. Shamet started the second half for Kevin Durant (bruised thigh) so his eruption was partly due to circumstance. That said, he’s taken off lately with 17+ points in four straight games, equaling his total of 17-point games in his first 42 games of the season.

Kyrie Irving had 20 points, nine assists and four rebounds. He struggled to find his touch from beyond the arc while committing four turnovers in 38 minutes of action. Irving did go 6-of-6 at the free-throw line and he’s now hit 48 straight free throws, tying Keith Van Horn for the fourth-longest streak in franchise history. If he hits five more in a row, he’ll pass Deron Williams, and eight more would overtake Sam Cassell for the team record.

Blake Griffin moved into the Nets’ starting lineup and finished with seven points, six rebounds, four assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in 26 minutes. It was Brooklyn’s 31st different starting lineup of the season. That’s a franchise record. The Nets have used a franchise record 26 players this season (previous high: 24 last season).

If Irving plays here, expect a big game. In 15 games vs. Western Conference opponents this season, Irving has averaged 26.5 ppg (.519 FG, .477 3FG, .851 FT), 5.0 rpg, 5.3 apg and 1.1 spg in 33.3 mpg (+194), scoring 25+ points 10 times and leading Brooklyn to a 14-1 record.

Why Bet on New Orleans? | 2021 NBA Expert Analysis

New Orleans is not helping its playoff chances on a three-game skid, falling 122-112 in OT at the Knicks on Sunday. The Pelicans led by three with 7.8 seconds to go at the end of regulation, and the instructions from the bench were to foul whenever the first Knick put the ball on the floor. That didn’t happen and New Orleans ended up giving up a game-tying 3-pointer that sent the game to the extra frame.

Eric Bledsoe failed to foul Derrick Rose on the drive and Lonzo Ball made the mistake of trying to rotate to stop the drive, leaving Reggie Bullock open behind the 3-point line.

“We screwed up that entire play. It wasn’t just [Ball],” Pels coach Stan Van Gundy said. “There were two mistakes on that play. They know what they are. We deserved to lose. When you do that, you deserve to lose. It’s not like somebody threw in a tough one. We deserved to lose.”

The Pelicans moved to 1-4 this season in overtime games. Zion Williamson was great with 34 points, nine rebounds and five assists. He hit the 30-point mark for the fourth time in his last six games, and he has shot 50% of better in each. Only Michael Jordan (55 games) needed fewer games to record 20 30-point games than Williamson (76 games; tied with Allen Iverson).

Since Feb. 3, Zion has been on a tear, averaging 28.6 points on .630 FG%, .300 3FG%, .709 FT%, 7.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists. Over this span, Williamson is the only player in the NBA to be averaging numbers of this caliber.

Eric Bledsoe scored 20 of his 22 points after halftime for the Pelicans, who came back from a 13-point halftime deficit and seemingly had the game under control late in the fourth quarter. Steven Adams had 10 points and 14 rebounds. Adams notched double-digit rebounds for the fourth straight game, though it was only his second double-double in that span.

Expert Prediction

  • Pelicans 120, Nets 118

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