The 76ers will look to continue a solid start to the season against a poor Pelicans side at the New Orleans Arena on Saturday 16 November.
Despite a blip in form against the Spurs and Cavaliers over the last week, the Sixers have picked up some impressive wins against the Bulls and Miami Heat in the early stages of this season and find themselves top in the Atlantic Division ahead of the Celtics and Raptors. Back to winning ways in Wednesday night’s round of games, Brett Brown’s side launched a stunning final quarter comeback against the Rockets to take the game into overtime, where they ran out 117-123 winners.
23 of those points came from star man Evan Turner who has been lighting up the NBA in these early stages and sees him sat 8th in the player rankings table with shooting an average of 23 per game. Turner will certainly be looking to net beyond that against a Pelicans side that have one of the worst defensive records in the league.
That is backed up by Wednesday night’s loss against the previously winless Utah Jazz. Conceding 111 against a side that had failed to hit the 100 point mark all season will have massively dented their confidence and could leave them rather sitting ducks than Pelicans at the New Orleans Arena.
New Orleans’ less than impressive start to the season has seen them struggle to replicate the form they found during a 7 from 8 winning preseason. Having only won three of their nine, the Pelicans have often struggled in the middle quarters which could play into Philly’s hands come Saturday.
Whilst they have picked up some wins, they have also come against fellow strugglers, whilst against the NBA’s form players they have regularly leaked over 120 points since the beginning of preseason, which could see Turner and co. have a field day.
It would be brave to bet against the Sixers against a Pelicans side that have offered nothing so far this campaign and with a good record against them in recent times, five wins out of seven, the Sixers will more than likely still be sat at the top of the Atlantic Division on Sunday morning.