On Thursday night, New York Knicks will host New Orleans Pelicans at Madison Square Garden. Both the teams haven’t had a fruitful season as of now. Knicks with 22 wins and 23 defeats are placed at 11th position in the Eastern Conference points table. For New Orleans Pelicans, the road to playoffs is almost over.
They have managed to win only 16 games while losing massive 28 games as of now. They are placed at 13th position in Western Conference. In the last 10 games, they have managed to win only 4 games. They have lost their last two games and will be hoping to return to their winning way on Thursday night.
Going in the game, New York Knicks will have a home advantage. They are two on two games losing streak and playing Pelicans at home on Thursday will be their best chance to return to winning ways.
New York Knicks vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Prediction: Match Odds
The Knicks keep their fight for a play-in tournament spot alive and the team comes from a positive sequence in their last 10 matches. The team has shown an evolution since the beginning of the season and they currently occupy the 11th position in the Eastern Conference standings, one below the first play-in tournament position.
On the other side, the Pelicans face a difficult NBA year and they do not tend to fight for anything until the end of the regular season. They sit in the 13th position in the Western Conference standings and come to the Madison Square Garden carrying two losses in their bags.
This is the second time Knicks and Pelicans face each other this season and the record is positive for the New Yorkers. On Oct. 30, the squad from New York beat the Pelicans by 123-117 playing at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La.
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New York Knicks vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Prediction: Game Analysis
New York Knicks
As mentioned before, the Knicks have shown a good evolution since the beginning of the season and their fans hope to see their team at least in the play-in tournament this year. They follow the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics closely, as these three teams have comparable records.
Despite their loss against the Hornets last Monday night, an important statistic could be mentioned. Their opponents from Charlotte have the second-best offense in the league as they have an average of scoring at least 114 points on their opponents. Last Monday, the Knicks were capable of containing their strong offense and, even though they lost, the second-best offense in the league only scored 97 points on them.
If they showed an evolution defensively, the New Yorkers need to show the same enthusiasm offensively to reach higher positions in the standings. The Knicks currently have the fourth-worst points per game average in the league, 104.2 PPG, and the fifth-worst field goal percentage in the NBA, due to the fact they have only converted 43.7% of their attempts.
Julius Randle, Knicks’ power-forward, is still the main player in the New Yorker’s squad this season and he has the best individual numbers on the team. Randle has the highest points per game average, assists per game average and he has collected the higher number of rebounds in the team.
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New York Knicks vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Prediction: New York Knicks Injuries
Derrick Rose – Ankle Injury
Cam Reddish – Ankle Injury
Kemba Walker – Knee Injury
Nerlens Noel – Knee Injury
New Orleans Pelicans
Different from previous years, the 2021/2022 NBA campaign for the New Orleans Pelicans has been frustrating for players and fans. The team sit in one of the lowest positions in the Western Conference standings and it is difficult to imagine they would be able to reach any goal by May.
The team come to New York after two losses in a row to Nets and Celtics, as well as a 4-6 record in their last 10 matches. The Pelicans are one of the top-10 teams which concede the highest number of points to their opponents, as their rivals tend to score at least 110 points when they play against the squad from New Orleans.
In addition to their poor defensive stats, their offense struggles to be effective this season and they also occupy low positions in the league offensive stats. They are considered the seventh worst offense in the league, as they average to score only 105 points when they play against their opponents, as well as having the sixth-worst field goal percentage in the NBA.
In the game against the Hornets, Jonas Valanciunas, Pelicans’ center, had the best individual numbers regarding his team. Valanciunas scored 22 points, provided four assists, and got 12 rebounds for his team during the 104-92 loss to the Celtics.
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New York Knicks vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
Kira Lewis Jr. – Knee Injury
Zion Williamson – Foot Injury
New York Knicks vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Prediction: Game Prediction
Knicks vs Pelicans has a clear favorite and the New Yorkers tend to insert one more win against their rivals from Louisiana this season.
Despite the fact the Knicks have a negative home record, 11-12, the squad from New Orleans has an even worse road record, 6-17, and this statistic makes it hard to imagine any scenario different from a Knicks win this Thursday. So, the Knicks are more likely to win the match this Thursday and finally add their 12th victory to their home record.