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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Brooklyn Nets Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021
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The injury lists for the Brooklyn Nets and the New Orleans Pelicans are changing almost daily.
So it's unclear exactly who will be available to play on Wednesday in New York when the teams meet for the first time this season.
James Harden returned from a two-game absence to start the Nets' 114-112 win over the New York Knicks on Monday, only to exit after four minutes because of tightness in his hamstring.
Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said tests on the hamstring have been "clean," but the Nets will "err on the side of caution" by holding Harden out as long as he feels discomfort.
Forward Kevin Durant, who hasn't played since Feb. 13, attempted shots before the game against the Knicks. The Nets hope he is ready to play this week, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, although Nash said Durant's return is "definitely not set in stone."
The Nets' Big Three of Harden, Durant and Kyrie Irving have played together just seven times since Harden was acquired from the Houston Rockets in January.
Irving scored 40 points on Monday to help Brooklyn overcome a 14-point deficit in its win against New York. The victory was the Nets' eighth straight at home.
Jeff Green matched his season high with 23 points, making 9 of 13 free throws -- including two that provided the winning points with 3.7 seconds left.
Joe Harris scored 16 points and Alize Johnson had 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
"It was a total team effort," Irving said. "A lot of guys stepped up, especially our bench. They came in and made a difference, and when we got guys out, injury bug, we need that more than ever."
Zion Williamson returned from a three-game absence due to a strained right thumb and had 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting in the Pelicans' 123-107 loss at Atlanta on Tuesday. He has scored at least 20 points in 25 consecutive games.
Lonzo Ball played his second game after a seven-game absence and Steven Adams returned from a one-game absence in a 122-115 victory at Houston on Sunday.
But Brandon Ingram has missed the past four games because of a toe injury, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who averaged 18.9 points while starting Ball's place, is out for at least two weeks because of an ankle injury sustained versus the Rockets.
Kira Lewis Jr. has missed the past two games because of calf injury and Josh Hart will miss at least three weeks after undergoing thumb surgery.
New Orleans added some help by signing guard Isaiah Thomas, who made his debut against the Hawks. He had 10 points (on 4-of-13 shooting) in 25 minutes during his first NBA game since Feb. 3, 2020.
"I thought he played fine, certainly as well as you could expect for somebody who hasn't played in a year," Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy said.
Atlanta set the record for more made 3-pointers in one quarter without missing when it sunk all 11 attempts in the third quarter. The Hawks finished 20 of 31 for the game, while the Pelicans sank 12 of 38 shots from 3-point range.
"Look at the two teams' 3-point shooting," Van Gundy said. "There's the game right there."
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- Brooklyn L 134 - 129
- @New York L 112 - 122
- @Washington L 115 - 117
- New York L 116 - 106
- Sacramento W 110 - 117
- @Cleveland W 116 - 109
- Philadelphia W 94 - 101
- @Brooklyn L 111 - 139
- @Atlanta L 107 - 123
- @Houston W 122 - 115
- @New Orleans W 134 - 129
- @Miami L 107 - 109
- Charlotte W 115 - 130
- @Philadelphia L 117 - 123
- @Minnesota W 127 - 97
- @Minnesota D 0 - 0
- L.A. Lakers L 126 - 101
- New Orleans W 111 - 139
- New York W 112 - 114
- @Chicago L 107 - 115
- @Orlando(08-13-20) L 127 - 133
- San Antonio(01-25-21) D 0 - 0
- L.A. Clippers(03-14-21) W 115 - 135
- @Denver(03-21-21) W 113 - 108
- @Toronto(08-19-20) L 99 - 104
- Boston(03-11-21) W 109 - 121
- Phoenix(12-23-18) W 103 - 111
- @Toronto(08-19-20) L 99 - 104
- Nets @ Pelicans 134-129
- Pelicans @ Nets 111-139
- Pelicans @ Nets 99-68
- Pelicans @ Nets 121-126
- Nets @ Pelicans 115-117
- Pelicans @ Nets 138-128
- Nets @ Pelicans 113-128
- Nets @ Pelicans 143-114
- Pelicans @ Nets 104-95
- Pelicans @ Nets 106-87
|New York Knicks||32||27||.542||19-10||13-17||106.2||104.3||L2||8-0-2|
|Portland Trail Blazers||32||24||.571||16-12||16-12||114.3||114.7||L1||4-0-6|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||20||38||.345||9-20||11-18||105.3||114.3||L11||1-0-10|
|Los Angeles Clippers||40||19||.678||23-8||17-11||115.0||108.1||L1||8-0-2|
|Los Angeles Lakers||35||23||.603||17-13||18-10||109.9||106.1||L1||5-0-5|
|Golden State Warriors||29||29||.500||17-10||12-19||112.9||113.3||L1||6-0-4|
|San Antonio Spurs||28||28||.500||12-18||16-10||110.6||111.1||L2||4-0-6|
|New Orleans Pelicans||25||33||.431||16-15||9-18||114.7||115.4||L4||4-0-6|
- ThighQues Wed | questionable
Durant was absent from the previous game with a left thigh contusion, and it is undetermined if he will participate in Wednesday's clash against the Raptors.
- HandQues Wed | questionable
Chiozza has missed the last four games with a right hand fracture, and it is unclear if he will play against the Raptors on Wednesday.
- IllnessQues Wed | questionable
Claxton missed the last game while going through the NBA's health and safety protocols, and it is unknown if he will be available for Wednesday's battle with the Raptors.
- IllnessQues Wed | questionable
Perry was held out of the last contest as he is enrolled in the NBA's health and safety protocols, and it has yet to be established if he will face the Raptors on Wednesday.
- HamstringOut indefinitely | out
Harden is sidelined with a right hamstring strain, and a timetable for recovery has yet to be established.
- PersonalQues Wed | questionable
Irving was absent from the previous game while tending to a personal matter, and it is undetermined if he will be active against the 76ers on Wednesday.
- RestOut Wed | out
Durant will not take the court versus the 76ers on Wednesday, as he will be given a day of rest.
- AnkleProb Sat | probable
Shamet has missed the previous two contests with a right ankle injury, but it is projected that he will face the Lakers on Saturday.
New Orleans Pelicans
- BackProb Sun | probable
Hayes was lifted from the previous contest due to back spasms, but it is projected that he will be active Sunday versus the Knicks.
- HipProb Fri | probable
Ball has missed the last four contests due to a left hip flexor strain, and it is projected that he will be active versus the Wizards on Friday.
- CalfProb Fri | probable
Lewis Jr. was held out of the last three games with a right calf strain, but he is projected to be in the line up against the 76ers on Friday.
- AnkleQues Fri | questionable
Hayes missed the last contest with a ankle injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will be in the lineup versus the 76ers on Friday.
- ToeOut indefinitely | out
Ingram is sidelined due to right toe inflammation, and there is no timetable for his return.
- TrendUnder is 5-0 in Nets last 5 games as a favorite of 11.0 or greater.Hit %100.00% (5)O/U0|5Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 4-1 in Nets last 5 games as a favorite.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U1|4Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 20-8 in Nets last 28 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.Hit %71.40% (28)O/U20|8Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 4-1 in Nets last 5 games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U1|4Push0W/L
New Orleans Trends
- TrendOver is 4-1 in Pelicans last 5 games as a favorite of 11.0 or greater.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U0|5Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 18-4 in Pelicans last 22 games as a favorite.Hit %81.80% (22)O/U1|4Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 6-1 in Pelicans last 7 games as a road favorite of 0.5-4.5.Hit %85.70% (7)O/U6|1Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 13-3 in Pelicans last 16 games as a road underdog of 11.0 or greater.Hit %81.20% (16)O/U13|3Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 22-5 in the last 27 meetings.Hit %81.50% (27)O/U22|5Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings in Brooklyn.Hit %75.00% (16)O/U12|4Push0W/L
- TrendPelicans are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.Hit %0.00% (4)O/UPush0W/L0|4