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Pelicans vs Clippers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Clippers
- Where: Los Angeles at Crypto.com Arena
- Date: Saturday, March 25th
- Betting Odds LAC -5, NO +168 | LAC -203 O/U 224.5
The Pelicans come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 36-37. So far, the team has gone 34-39-0 against the spread. New Orleans comes into the game having rattled off 3 straight wins. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of 21.33 points.
The Pelicans will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Hornets by a score of 115-96. Heading into the game, they were 9 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. New Orleans put together a strong second half, as they only held a 5 point lead going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Brandon Ingram, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 43.5% of his shots.
The Clippers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 39-35. So far, the team has gone 37-36-1 against the spread. Looking back on Clippers’ previous 3 games, they have a record of 2-1 while averaging 114 points per game. Over this stretch, their ATS mark is 2-1.
In their previous game, the Clippers took down the Thunder by a score of 127-105. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 4 point favorites. Los Angeles and the Thunder entered the second half all tied at 54. In the win, Kawhi Leonard led the team in scoring with 32 points on a field goal percentage of 86.7%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Pelicans picked up the win 112-91 win over the Clippers. Heading into the game, New Orleans was the 2.5 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Similar to their season-long average, the Pelicans averaged 107.5 points per game vs the Clippers. While the Pelicans were able to maintain their usual level of production against Los Angeles, the Clippers averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 98.25. In terms of betting, New Orleans has an ATS record of 4-1 in the previous 5 matchups vs Los Angeles. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +10 points per game in favor of the Pelicans. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 1-4. Combined, they averaged 210 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Pelicans come into today’s game as the 16th ranked scoring offense at 114.0 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.9 made 3’s per game. If New Orleans continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 14th in the league in possessions per game.
Against the Clippers, the Pelicans will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 13th in points allowed.
This season, the Pelicans offense has primarily worked through CJ McCollum and Jonas Valanciunas who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 66 games, McCollum is 45th in the NBA at 21.0 points per game. So far, him and Valanciunas have accounted for 32% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 35.3 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.9 rebounds for New Orleans to go along with 1.7 assists.
The Clippers come into today’s game as the 23rd ranked scoring offense at 112.9 points per game. The Clippers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.6 made 3’s per game. Despite shooting the ball well from outside, Los Angeles has not done a good job taking care of the ball. So far, they are averaging 13.5 turnovers per game.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Clippers are giving up an average of 108.39 points per game, good for 11th in the NBA.
Without Paul George, Los Angeles will need Kawhi Leonard to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the New Orleans today. This season, George leads the team in scoring with 23.8 points per game. Leonard is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 23.9 points per game, which places him 26.0th in the NBA. In his 45 games, he has hit 51.7% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 6.3 rebounds per game.
Pelicans vs Clippers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Clippers -5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 224.5