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Pelicans vs Celtics NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: New Orleans Pelicans at Boston Celtics
  • Where: Boston at TD Garden
  • Date: Wednesday, January 11th
  • Betting Odds BOS -9.5, NO +354 | BOS -482 O/U 229.0

So far, the Pelicans have put together an overall record of 25-16, while going 21-20-0 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.

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The Pelicans are coming off a 132-112 win over the Wizards. This away win came despite entering the game as the 1 point underdogs. New Orleans played well enough in the second half to prevent the Wizards from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 12 going into halftime. In the win, CJ McCollum led the team in scoring with 34 points on a field goal percentage of 57.1%.

So far, the Celtics have put together an overall record of 29-12, while going 21-19-1 vs the spread. In today’s game, Boston will look to extend their 3 game winning streak. Over this stretch, they have an average scoring margin of 14.0 points.

Boston is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Bulls. Going into the game, they were 8 point favorites against the spread. Their 107-99 victory was not enough to cover. Boston went on to win the game, as they led by 9 heading into halftime. In the win, Jayson Tatum led the team in scoring with 32 points on a field goal percentage of 47.6%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Last year, the Pelicans saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Celtics, averaging 94.5 points per game. Like the Pelicans, the Celtics scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 105.5 points per game vs New Orleans. In terms of betting, Boston has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs New Orleans. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +4 points per game in favor of the Celtics. New Orleans and Boston averaged a combined 216 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The New Orleans offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 4th ranked offense at 117.4 points per game. When looking at the Pelicans pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 101.0. Heading into the game, the Pelicans will look to continue with their formula of playing fast and getting to the basket, as they are near the top of the league in two-point fields made per game.

On defense, the Pelicans will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 13th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

New Orleans will be relying on CJ McCollum to provide a strong scoring performance in today’s game against the Boston. Zion Williamson has been ruled out. So far this season, Williamson has been the team’s leading scorer with an average of 26.0 points per game. McCollum is 2nd on the team with 20.8 points per game, which places him 47.0th in the NBA. In 36 games, he has hit 42.8% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game.

Through 41 games, Boston is the 2nd best scoring team at 118.5 points per game. The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.5 made 3’s per game. A key to the team’s offensive success is their ability to knock down outside shots, as they are ranked 2nd in 3-point shots made per game. Their overall offensive numbers could go up if they begin to play at a faster pace. So far, they are below the league average in possessions per contest.

Defensively, the Celtics are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 104.48 points per contest (1st).

This season, the Celtics offense has primarily worked through Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 39 games, Tatum is 4th in the NBA at 30.8 points per game. So far, him and Brown have accounted for 48% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 57.6 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jaylen Brown is grabbing 6.9 rebounds for Boston to go along with 3.3 assists.

Pelicans vs Celtics Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Pelicans +9.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 229.0

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