Philadelphia 76ers vs New Orleans Pelicans Preview: Welcome Back Jrue Holiday

Nov 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers small forward Evan Turner (12) is guarded by New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday (11) during the first quarter of a game at New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

So, here we are.

Oh, I bet you just want some game details. Okay, well, the game starts at 8 pm on CSN. Tonight is Dollar Dog Night though so maybe grab a ticket and head to the game? If you stay home and are active on social media, I suggest following the blog’s various social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.

I was feeling some kind of way when the Sixers traded Jrue Holiday and Michael Carter-Williams has done nothing to change the fact that I miss Jrue. The way Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes are playing, I only wonder if Jrue could’ve taken a big leap in his game under Brett Brown. But, alas, we’ll never know.

Last time these two teams met, MCW was hurt so my wishful thinking of seeing these two PG’s was dead. However, this time we will be able to see it. I’m excited because I have always thought of Jrue as a terrific defender. He’s got a body that can keep up with MCW’s long frame.

However, last time these two teams met, they lost by 37, trailing by as much as 39, and losing by more than 25 for close to three quarters. It was nasty. I’m pretty sure that won’t happen again, but, can the Sixers avenge that…that death, with a win?

Quick answer says “no”. Pelicans are good at two things the Sixers sometimes struggle with. Pelicans can hit the 3 as they are 5th in the NBA in 3FG%. Like I said last time they met, the rebounding battle is going to be interesting. Sixers are 6th in defensive rebound but Pelicans are 4th in offensive rebounding. When the Pelicans miss, it’s going to be interesting.

Sixers and Pelicans are shooting the same FG% at 44.9%. Man. Sixers do average 3 more points than the Pelicans and I think I have an idea why. While Sixers are shooting worse than the Pelicans are in 3FG%, Sixers actually average 7.0 made 3′s per game vs Pelicans’ 5.9. So, that’s a difference of one extra three. So, there you go. It’s not perfect science considering I didn’t account for the FT (Pelicans average one more made FT), but, it’s something.

Basically, last meeting between these two teams statistically didn’t make sense since these stats are similar to last time. These number indicate a close game and that’s what I’m predicting yet again.

So yeah, Sixers hang around but ultimately lose. That sounds about right. The score won’t matter to me; Ill be gushing over MCW vs Jrue all night.

So, who do you think is going to win? What are you looking for? Let me know in the comments or on social media.

Topics: New Orleans Pelicans, Philadlephia 76ers

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