Ben Simmons, Brooklyn Nets
Ben Simmons #10 of the Brooklyn Nets brings the ball up court during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on October 24, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee. Justin Ford/Getty Images


  • The Brooklyn Nets are heavily favored to prevail over the New Orleans Pelicans
  • The Pelicans will continue to miss the services of four vital cogs in their rotation
  • The Nets will be out to avenge their previous loss that snapped their 12-game win streak

The Brooklyn Nets will visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, January 6 at the Smoothie King Center after their 12-game winning streak came to a halt at the hands of the Chicago Bulls two nights ago.

The Nets were led by Kevin Durant's 44 points in that loss alongside five assists and four rebounds, while Kyrie Irving chipped in 25 markers and eight dimes.

Despite their big game, the Bulls would not be denied the win.

No less than coach Jacque Vaughn admitted that Chicago came to play and hopes to get the same sense of desperation from his wards.

Only T.J. Warren has been listed as day-to-day on the Brooklyn side.

"They came to play," Brooklyn coach Jacque Vaughn said. "They were pretty desperate to get a win, and we needed that same desperation."

They get that chance against the Pelicans, a team that is coming off a win over the hapless Houston Rockets.

C.J. McCollum led the Pels in that victory with 28 points and six assists, whereas Naji Marshall and Jonas Valanciunas tallied 16 points each.

But versus the Nets, the Pelicans may have to exert more effort against a souped-up squad, especially with Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance Jr., Willy Hernangomez and Zion Williamson rendered out for Friday's matchup.

The Nets are averaging 115.1 points per game and shooting 51.4% from the field.

Defensively, they have been limiting the opposition to 111.1 points per game and 45.5% from the floor.

On the other hand, the Pelicans are averaging 117.5 points per game and shooting 48% from the field.

New Orleans is holding down opponents to 112.8 points per game and 46.8% shooting from the field.

Heading into this matchup, the Nets are -4 spread favorites over the Pelicans, who are at +5.

The Moneyline for this matchup is -180 for Brooklyn and +152 for New Orleans.

With tip-off set for 8:40 PM ET, the match will have a live broadcast on ESPN and via fuboTV.

New Orleans Pelicans
CJ McCollum will have to work double-time if they want to hold off a rebound-seeking Brooklyn Nets quintet. Sean Gardner/Getty Images