On Friday night, the Philadelphia 76ers will play host to the New Orleans Pelicans at the Wells Fargo Center. This inter-conference matchup will see the Eastern Conference’s top seed take on the Western Conference’s 11th seed.
Let’s take a closer look at the top Pelicans vs. Sixers prop picks and make some predictions for this May 7, 2021 matchup.
Pelicans vs. Sixers Player Props (May 7, 2021)
The Philadelphia 76ers are 45-21 on the season, which has them 2.5 games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets and 3.0 games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks. With just six games remaining in their season, Philadelphia is about to enter a critical stretch in which every victory will be a huge boost to their chances of finishing on top of the Eastern Conference.
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Philadelphia has won six consecutive games, five of which came by double digits. Most recently, Philadelphia wrapped up their third consecutive road win in a dominant 135-115 performance over the Houston Rockets. In that game, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris combined for 49 points, carrying the starting unit, while Shake Milton and Tyrese Maxey’s 31 combined points led the way for Philadelphia’s bench unit.
The Pelicans won their most recent game this past Tuesday against the Golden State Warriors and have won three of their last four games overall. With six games remaining, they have a shot of getting into the NBA’s new play-in games, with a potential chance at a postseason berth.
Lonzo Ball to Record Over 12.5 Combined Rebounds and Assists (+106, FanDuel Sportsbook)
Lonzo Ball has had quite the season for the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 14.6 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game in 52 contests. While he’s worked diligently to increase his productivity from beyond the arc -his 37.8% from three is 2.5% higher than his career average- his assist and rebound numbers as of late have been through the roof. In fact, prior to his six rebound, four assist performance against the Warriors, Ball had gone over 12.5 combined rebounds and assists in five-straight games.
While Ball missed his team’s first meeting with Philadelphia, it stands to reason he’ll be heavily involved as his team’s primary ball-handler, while his rebounding prowess should be on display, even though he’ll be matched up against Ben Simmons, whose overlapping skillset could potentially pose a problem. However, the fact that Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart are out of the lineup should be enough to push Ball’s production over the top.
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Danny Green to Score Over 8.5 Points (-115, FOX Bet)
If there’s been a primary beneficiary of playing with a stacked starting lineup, it’s been Danny Green, who’s settled in nicely as the prototypical 3-and-D for a Sixers team that had long missed such a player. While Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris shoulder the majority of the scoring load, with Seth Curry sniping from deep and attracting the most attention around the perimeter, Green often gets high-quality looks from beyond the arc. He’s gone 10-27 from downtown over his last three games, averaging 11.3 points per game over that stretch. That’s important to note, because back when these teams first met, Green only attempted five shots from beyond the arc, scoring eight points in 29:44 of action.
If you’re looking for a solid player prop with decent upside independent of outcome, this could be the one.
Joel Embiid to Record Over 39.5 Combined Points and Rebounds (-112, BetMGM)
Sixers center and MVP candidate Joel Embiid is coming off a massive 34-point, 12-rebound performance in just 24:38 of game action against the Houston Rockets. However, if there’s been one player who has wrecked havoc on the Sixers big man, it’s been Steven Adams. Adams isn’t a player who will match Embiid bucket-for-bucket on the offensive end, but his size, rebounding acumen, and tenacity pose legitimate problems. In fact, when these teams last met on April 9, Embiid played 31:16 and mustered just 14 points on a woeful 5-16 shooting from the field, including 0-3 from deep. Additionally, Embiid failed to get to the line with regularity, attempting just four free throws.
However, none of Embiid’s struggles against Adams will matter if the Pelicans big man’s doubtful status downgrades to out. In the event that Adam pulls the nose up on his status, we’d encourage staying away from this bet, but if he’s out, Embiid should dominate in the paint.
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