Pelicans vs. Knicks Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for April 7 (New Orleans Keeps Hope For a Top-Six Seed Alive)
By Larry Rupp
Pelicans vs. Knicks Game Info
- Date: Friday, April 7, 2023
- Time: 8:00 PM ET
- Venue: Smoothie King Center -- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Coverage: BSNO and MSG
The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Friday with 11 more games, including a battle between the New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans. The Knicks rank fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 47-33 record, while the Pelicans check in eighth in the Western Conference with a 41-39 record.
New York enters on a five-game winning streak that includes a 138-129 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Meanwhile, New Orleans has now won eight of its last 10 games thanks to a 138-131 overtime win against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. Which team will win on Friday?
Pelicans vs. Knicks Odds & Spread
- All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: NO: (-360) | NYK: (+290)
- Spread: NO: -8 (-114) | NYK: +8 (-106)
- Total: 223 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
The Pelicans enter this contest as clear home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 223 points, which is below average compared to Friday's projected totals.
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Pelicans vs. Knicks Betting Trends
- New Orleans is 8-2 against the spread (ATS) in its last 10 games.
- The total has hit the under in 14 of New Orleans' last 19 games.
- New York is 4-1 straight up in its last five games against New Orleans.
- The total has hit the over in four of New York's last six away games.
Pelicans vs. Knicks Prediction & Pick
The Knicks already know their opponent for the first round of the NBA playoffs as a series against the Cleveland Cavaliers is locked in. New York is in danger of being without Julius Randle for the start of the postseason, though, which makes avoiding injuries over the last two games crucial for New York.
The Pelicans still have reason to go all-out considering they are within striking distance of a top-six seed. Securing that would allow them to avoid the dreaded play-in tournament. New Orleans is a reliable 26-14 at home this season and rank fifth in defensive efficiency, so it's a rightful favorite.
It's best to back the team with something to fight for, so give me the Pelicans to emerge victorious.
Final Score Prediction: Pelicans: 114 | Knicks: 106
Pelicans vs. Knicks Best Bet
The Pelicans were able to claw their way back from a 17-point halftime deficit on Wednesday thanks in large part to the efforts of Herbert Jones. The second-year baller was constantly being left open along the perimeter, which was a mistake by the opponent as he went 5-of-8 from three-point range.
Jones has now drained at least a pair of three-pointers in three of his last five games played and is shooting a remarkable 70.6% from long range during that span. The Knicks rank 29th in opponent three-point percentage over the last three games (46.2%), so trust Jones for a considerable payout.
Bet: Herbert Jones Over 1.5 Made Threes (+310)
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