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(47-22) Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans (2-0)
Date: Sunday March 18th
Time: 6:00PM EST
Venue: Smoothie Center,New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Boston Celtics are in the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs right now, and sit five games back of the Toronto Raptors for the top spot. The New Orleans Pelicans are one of the hottest teams in the NBA since the All Star break. New Orleans is the 6th seed in the Western Conference right now.
The last time the Celtics and Pelicans took the court against each other, was January 16th. The Pelicans pulled out the win, 116-113 in overtime. New Orleans leads the season series 1-0.
The Boston Celtics have had a string of injuries recently, which has had an impact on how the Celtics have been playing. Boston is 3-2 over their last five games, and recently got a win at Orlando, 92-83. The Celtics shot 37.8 percent from the floor and 34.6 percent from three in the win.
The Celtics list of injuries includes Jabari Bird, Kyrie Irving, Daniel Theis, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. Since Boston has already received a playoff birth, the Celtics are looking to get healthy, and rest the players needed. Look for the Boston roster to get better as the rest of the season comes to a close.
The recent injuries bug that has hit Boston, is going to help a lot of roll players get in game experience. The Celtics are going to need it once the postseason starts. The Kyrie Irving trade is huge for Boston. His leadership and play-making ability in the playoffs can be a big difference for Boston in this year’s postseason.
Last year, the Celtics made the Eastern Conference Final without Irving, and an injured Isaiah Thomas. This season, the team is fully ready to go. On the defensive side of the ball, the Celtics are allowing 100.3 points per game this season. Good enough to rank Boston third in points allowed per game this year.
Don’t expect much from the Celtics in this game. The injuries are going to add up especially on the road against the Pelicans. Terry Rozier is going to need a big game in this one.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans are cooking right now. The Pelicans are 7-3 over their last 10 games, and looking to find their way into the Western Conference playoffs. With the Pelicans sitting in the 6th spot, New Orleans does not have much room for error. They are one game away from sitting in the eighth seed.
The Pelicans can thank almost their entire season to Anthony Davis. Davis has been playing out of his mind since Boogie Cousins went down with a season Achilles injury. Davis is averaging 28 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this year. Davis also leads the team in blocks with 2.4 per game this season.
Defensively, the Pelicans are allowing 111.5 points per game this year. Good enough to rank the Pelicans 29th in points allowed this year. If the Pelicans can’t improve on the defensive end of the court, New Orleans could find themselves barely making the playoffs.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 6-4 ATS in their last10
- Celtics are 8.2 in last 10 head to head
- Over Under is 4-6 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
The Boston Celtics are on of the most talented teams in the NBA this year, but with several significant injuries on the roster, the team will struggle to win on the road.
New Orleans better not overlook the injury riddled Celtics. Boston’s role players are a gritty bunch. Look for Anthony Davis to drop 35 points or more in this matchup.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans
Take the New Orleans Pelicans on the road. Boston’s injuries are going to be too much for them to overcome at Smoothie Center.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Pelicans 98 – Celtics 90
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