The NBA is set up with a solid slate of games throughout Sunday. Eight games are up on the board throughout April 18. One of these matchups will be between the New Orleans Pelicans and the New York Knicks. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN.
New Orleans has earned a record of 25-31 throughout this season, which has them sitting in eleventh place of the Western Conference. The Pelicans are two games out of the tenth and final playoff spot. New Orleans has lost back to back games and will look to get back on track in this one. I expect a fast start for the Pelicans in this one as they are running out of season.
The Knicks have put up a record of 30-27 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Eastern Conference. New York is half a game back on the fourth seeded Hawks. The Knicks have won five games in a row and will look to keep it up in this one. New York has been hot as of late and have a chance to move up with a big win in this one.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season, which should lead to a great game on Sunday afternoon. New York is comfortably in a playoff spot right now, while the Pelicans are trying to make a late season push. New Orleans needs to get going soon though if they want a chance to catch the tenth seed. I expect both teams to come out fast in this one.
The Pelicans and the Knicks both met up once last season. New York hosted the game on January 10. Taj Gibson scored 19 points, while R.J. Barrett scored 16 points on the night. Brandon Ingram finished with 28 points and 9 assists. Jaxson Hayes put up 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. New Orleans was able to hold on for a 123-111 win on the road.
The first game of this season’s series was on April 14 in New Orleans. Brandon Ingram dropped 28 points and Zion Williamson finished with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Julius Randle put up 32 points and 8 rebounds. Alec Burks added 21 points off the bench, while Reggie Bullock scored 16 points. The Knicks were able to earn a solid 116-106 win in this one.
New York was able to earn a big win against the Pelicans less than a week ago and will look to repeat that in this one. The Knicks lost the only matchup last season. These two teams will look to control the paint in this one as they try to earn a huge win on Sunday afternoon. I expect both teams to come out chippy after meeting on Wednesday.
Field Goal Shooting
New Orleans has been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. The Pelicans have been shooting 48.1 percent from the field, which is 7th in the league. New Orleans has made 34.9 percent of their shots from deep, which is 23rd in the NBA. The Pelicans have also drained 73.7 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 28th in the league.
The Knicks have not been great shooting from the field this season. New York has drained 45.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 23rd in the NBA. The Knicks have made 38 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 7th in the league. New York has shot 77.2 percent from the free throw line, which is 18th in the NBA.
The Pelicans have been much better shooting inside the arc this season, while New York has been better from deep. The Knicks have the edge on defense in this one. New York has held opposing teams to a 44.2 percent from the field, which is 1st in the league. New Orleans has allowed their opponents to shoot 47.2 percent from the field, which is 23rd in the NBA.
Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram have been the leaders for the Pelicans this season. Williamson is averaging 26.5 points per game, while Ingram has averaged 24.5 points per game. Lonzo Ball is averaging 14 points per game. Eric Bledsoe has averaged 11.5 points per game and James Johnson is averaging 10.5 points.
Julius Randle has been great for New York throughout this season. Randle has averaged 23.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. R.J. Barrett is averaging 17.5 points per game. Derrick Rose has averaged 12.5 points, while Elfrid Payton and Immanuel Quickley are both averaging 11.5 points per game. Reggie Bullock rounds out the lineup, averaging 10 points per game.
These two teams have had a nice spread of scoring throughout this season. New Orleans is without Nickeil Alexander-Walker, while the Knicks are missing Alec Burks. The Pelicans will need to dominate inside the paint in this one. New York will need their defense to step up to slow down Williamson and Ingram if they want to earn another win in this one.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season, which should lead to a great matchup on Sunday afternoon. New York has been red hot as of late, but I think that the Pelicans will end their winning streak in this one. New Orleans will look to come out hot in this one after a tough loss earlier this week. If the Pelicans can control the paint, I think they can pull off the upset on the road.
BetOnline has New York listed as a -2 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Knicks at home. I think that this line is about right with how hot New York has been as of late. I like New Orleans to bounce back though. The Pelicans have more urgency as they try to catch the tenth seed, which I think will help lead them to a win on the road.