Free NBA Pick: Celtics vs Pelicans Lines
Looking for Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans free NBA picks? NBA betting sees the Celtics taking on the Pelicans on Monday, November 14, 2016 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(5-4) Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans (1-9)
Date: Monday, November 14
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center – New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 212.5
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The Boston Celtics travel to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans Monday night, and entering this contest, they’re coming off two straight wins.
The Pelicans, on the other hand, are 1-1 in their last two, but that’s hardly a positive .500 for this team considering they started out their season 0-8.
Boston entered this season as the presumed second-best team out East. So far, it’s been the Toronto Raptors or Charlotte Hornets looking to make that claim, but as the C’s get healthy, they should remind people that they’re projected to be the biggest challengers out East to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
For now, Boston needs to ride its own momentum as it travels to New Orleans. After dropping three straight to the Cavs, Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards, the Celtics have won two straight against the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers.
Neither the Knicks nor the Pacers are going to terrify opponents at this point in their respective processes, but both are teams that should be in the hunt for a playoff spot by the end of the regular season.
One team that is not going to be anywhere near the postseason at year’s end is the Pelicans. But that doesn’t mean Boston can overlook its next opponent.
When going up against a team as awfully atrocious as New Orleans, one thing comes to mind: Take care of the basketball. Giving the Pelicans extra opportunities to score is only going to make this game closer than it needs to be.
The other thing that comes to mind when playing the Pelicans is to let Anthony Davis get his numbers. Of course you want to contain him as much as possible, but double-teaming him makes no sense at this point.
The Pelicans have proven that they cannot win even when AD puts up historically unprecedented stat lines, so as long as you don’t let the likes of Buddy Hield, E’Twaun Moore and Tim Frazier go off, the precedent has been set that you’ll be just fine.
New Orleans Pelicans
Boston hasn’t been as intimidating as most expected, but the Pelicans can’t focus on that as they attempt to win just their second game of the season.
It may be time to start arguing this team should call it a year and tank toward another top pick…but that’s a story for another day.
As far as this game is concerned, New Orleans is going up against a Boston team that is seventh in the Association in scoring. The Celtics are scoring 108.2 points per game, which is going to pressure the Pelicans role players to step up if this team is going to have a chance.
The good news is that the Celtics are surprisingly bad defensively this season. They come into this game just 25th in terms of points allowed (108.3) and 25th in defensive efficiency (107.2).
Both teams should be able to get their offenses going in this one, as the Pelicans are 26th in points per game allowed (109.5)
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Pelicans are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- Pelicans are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Pelicans are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game.
- Pelicans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Free Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
Looking at the trends, neither team offers much confidence ATS. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned during this early season, it’s that we simply can’t trust the Pelicans to surprise us any time soon.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics ATS
Give this one to the Celtics, and give it to them convincingly despite the road disadvantage.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston Celtics 108 – New Orleans Pelicans 96
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