So, and I have to say this, I’m wondering if the Pelicans have somebody address the home crowd. I’m guessing anybody but Jrue Holiday, right?
The 76ers head over to New Orleans to face the Pelicans for the first time. They also face their former, and youngest star, Jrue Holiday. This should be a good one. I was looking forward to seeing Michael Carter-Williams face off against Jrue but, not today. Sixers face the Pelicans later this month; maybe MCW will be ready by then.
In any event, let’s talk about what to expect from this game. Pelicans are 3-6 for the season. Quick glance says they are around the middle of the pack for scoring and points allowed. Still, they are 4th in the league in 3 point percentage. Combine that with the Sixers’ struggles to protect the perimeter, things could get nasty.
Pelicans are towards the bottom in total rebounds but are actually leaders in offensive rebounding, another area the Sixers have shown recent struggles in. Oh boy.
In a somewhat amazing stat, Pelicans are third in taking care of the ball. However, Jrue Holiday leads the team with a scary 4.1 turnovers per game. With someone like Tony Wroten on him, a guy with energy who is always looking for the ball, we could get a few extra possessions. Maybe even trap Jrue as he brings up the ball. Put pressure on him and he may crack. At the same time, Pelicans are 4th in steals. So, this team takes care of the ball as well as forces turnovers. That’s a deadly combo to deal with, especially since Sixers are actually near opposites of this.
In the end, I expect the Sixers to win. I would think it’s going to be a close game, but I think Sixers can pull this out. Let me know what you think in the comments. And who knows; maybe Jrue think he still plays for the Sixers while he’s on the court.