Through 3 Quarters
Only one more quarter stands between the Philadelphia 76ers and the victory they were favored to collect going into this night. Three quarters in and their offense has really been able to impose its will, dominating the New Orleans Pelicans 81-70.
The 76ers have been relying on Tobias Harris, who has dropped a double-double on 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Joel Embiid, who has 22 points and five assists in addition to six boards. Nickeil Alexander-Walker has led the way so far for New Orleans, as he has 20 points along with five boards.
Philadelphia @ New Orleans
What to Know
The Philadelphia 76ers and the New Orleans Pelicans are opening their 2021-2022 seasons against one another at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday at Smoothie King Center. Philadelphia is coming off of a 49-23 season with hopes of advancing further than the second round of the playoffs, where they were eliminated by the Atlanta Hawks 103-96 in game seven. On the other hand, New Orleans missed the playoffs altogether last season and is looking forward to a clean start.
A pair of last-season stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The 76ers were fourth best in fouls drawn per game, finishing the 2020-2021 season with 21 on average. But New Orleans was even better: they ranked second in the league in fouls drawn per game, closing the year with 21.3 on average. Be prepared to get familiar with the officiating crew.
Philadelphia has the odds in their favor, so they’ll need to guard against complacency. A victory is hardly a sure thing, especially this early in the season, so expect a good game.
How To Watch
- When: Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET
- Where: Smoothie King Center — New Orleans, Louisiana
- TV: Bally Sports – New Orleans
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $7.76
The 76ers are a 3.5-point favorite against the Pelicans, according to the latest NBA odds.
The line has drifted a bit towards the 76ers, as the game opened with the 76ers as a 1.5-point favorite.
Philadelphia have won seven out of their last 11 games against New Orleans.
- May 07, 2021 – Philadelphia 109 vs. New Orleans 107
- Apr 09, 2021 – New Orleans 101 vs. Philadelphia 94
- Dec 13, 2019 – Philadelphia 116 vs. New Orleans 109
- Feb 25, 2019 – Philadelphia 111 vs. New Orleans 110
- Nov 21, 2018 – Philadelphia 121 vs. New Orleans 120
- Feb 09, 2018 – Philadelphia 100 vs. New Orleans 82
- Dec 10, 2017 – New Orleans 131 vs. Philadelphia 124
- Dec 20, 2016 – New Orleans 108 vs. Philadelphia 93
- Dec 08, 2016 – Philadelphia 99 vs. New Orleans 88
- Apr 05, 2016 – Philadelphia 107 vs. New Orleans 93
- Feb 19, 2016 – New Orleans 121 vs. Philadelphia 114
Injury Report for New Orleans
- Tomas Satoransky: Game-Time Decision (Illness)
- Zion Williamson: Out (Foot)
Injury Report for Philadelphia
- Shake Milton: Out (Ankle)
- Grant Riller: Out (Knee)