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76ers @ Pelicans tips, picks and prop bets: Philly for the win, Joel Embiid points, Tyrese Maxey threes

The Philadelphia 76ers (12-5) will visit the New Orleans Pelicans (9-9) live on TNT Sports on Wednesday night (0100 GMT Thurs).

The Pelicans have won three of five to improve to 9-9 on the season but they’re fresh off of back-to-back losses against Utah Jazz.

The Pels have covered the spread in each of their last five home games, a run which saw them beat the shorthanded Kings twice.

The 76ers should be well rested as they’ve enjoyed at least a day off after each of their last three games as they look to build another winning run.

Now 12-5 on the season, Philly won in Oklahoma by four before returning home to trounce the Los Angeles Lakers 138-94.

It’s interesting to note that they’re on a 6-2ATS run after scoring 125+ points in their previous game and 5-2ATS after a win of 10+ points.

Joel Embiid dominated the game with a 30-point triple-double while Tyrese Maxey dropped 31 and three others contributed double digits.

Led by Zion Williamson with 26 and Brandon Ingram with 25, The Pelicans shot a solid 50% from the field in their 114-112 loss to Utah.

They didn’t do a lot wrong but it was Utah’s assault from three-point range that separated the teams. The Jazz made good on 17 of 48 from distance compared to New Orlean’s seven of 22.

There’s a good chance CJ McCollum returns for the host on Wednesday but he’ll be subject to a minutes restriction and that presents its challenges.

The 76ers are 43-21ATS as a favourite and 10-4ATS in road games. They’re also on an 8-2 winning run against New Orleans, which is significant given the spread.

The 76ers are just -1 at the time of writing which is a big drop off from the average of -5.5 across the last 10 meetings. We think New Orleans is getting too much respect.

Bet: Philadelphia 76ers -1

76ers @ Pelicans prop bets

New Orleans rank ninth in defensive field goal percentage and Joel Embiid has only beaten the posted total once in seven games.

Prop: Joel Embiid under 32.5 points

Zion Williamson is averaging 2.9 turnovers per game this season and will come under fire against a top-five defence.

Prop: Zion Williamson over 2.5 turnovers

Tyrese Maxey can get hot from downtown but it’s worth noting the Pelicans are the best three-point defence in the NBA this season.

Prop: Tyrese Maxey under 3.5 threes made

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