Joel Embiid is featured in our best NBA prop bets today as the Philadelphia 76ers visit the New Orleans Pelicans.
The NBA MVP is leading his team with aplomb after consecutive wins, so there is good betting support for the 76ers.
The Pelicans come off consecutive losses, so they’re struggling to recapture their best form.
76ers Covering Spreads
The 76ers have long been a bettors best friend and they’re proving their worth in 2023.
The Eastern Conference heavyweights are 12-5 overall, which mirrors their against the spread record with the sportsbook.
Covering spreads is what they do best, and with recent wins coming over the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers, they are well-positioned to have another successful year.
It was hard not to be impressed with their 138-94 win over the Lakers with Tyrese Maxey scoring 31 points.
The young point guard has stepped up since the James Harden trade, scoring 20 by the halftime mark.
“You certainly don’t go into a game like this expecting that kind of game to break out,” 76ers coach Nick Nurse told the media. “When the 3 ball starts going in the way they did early, I think that just energizes everybody.”
We’re not surprised to see the 76ers favored to win with sport betting lines. They are playing much better than the Pelicans, and with a 5-2 road record, playing at Smoothie King Center won’t be much of a problem.
No Identity for Pelicans
The major problem with the Pelicans is their lack of identity, and that was on full display against the Utah Jazz in consecutive games.
They lost without Zion Williamson in the first meeting, but even with Williamson on the floor on Monday, they couldn’t take down a moderate Jazz team without their best shooter.
It’s a concern for bettors, and that’s reflected in betting online odds. The Pelicans fell to 9-9 with the losses, having gone on a winning run against the Kings and Clippers.
Not having CJ McCollum on the floor could have a bigger impact than originally thought. He brings cohesion on both sides of the ball, so he’s a big omission from the side.
However, despite their recent struggles, they are a winning team ATS. They are 10-7-1 and 7-3 at home, so bettors haven’t been complaining despite failing to cover their last two games.
Bouncing back to winning form is possible against the 76ers, but defending Embiid could prove difficult.
76ers vs Pelicans Game Information
- Game: 76ers (12-5) vs Pelicans (9-9)
- Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m. ET
- Location: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans
- 76ers vs Pelicans Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
76ers vs Pelicans Betting Lines
76ers vs Pelicans Game Prediction
Predicted Score: Philadelphia 76ers 118, New Orleans Pelicans 114
Worth Betting the Moneyline?
The line is only -1½ for the 76ers, so we’re happy to leave out a moneyline selection. However, we expect the 76ers to win outright.
Worth Betting ATS?
We’re locking in the 76ers -1½ as our best NBA basketball picks. They are playing better basketball, so there’s no reason to jump off their back.
The Pelicans are only +1½ despite losing consecutive games, which is surprising. However, that means bettors get a value line with the visitors.
NBA Pick: Philadelphia 76ers -1½
Worth Betting on the Totals?
The line is 230½ and we’re taking the over, albeit narrowly. It should be a free flowing contest with plenty of scoring opportunities.
It could be enough to see the total go over the mark.
NBA Pick: 76ers, Pelicans Over 230½
Questions Of The Day
Which team is more likely to have more than 10.5 team fouls?
The Pelicans are more likely to have more than 10.5 team fouls, which is mostly because they need to defend Joel Embiid.
Will Joel Embiid score over 32.5 points?
Joel Embiid is a scoring machine for the 76ers and we expect him to score over 32.5 points.