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2022 NBA Handicapping
(41-37) LA Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans (39-38)
Date: Saturday, April 1st
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center
Moneyline NBA Odds: Clippers +135 | Pelicans -145 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -3
Today’s NBA Betting Total: 223
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As can be seen, the Clippers arrive having last played a baseball set in Memphis winning 141-132 on Wednesday and losing 94-108 on Friday while the Pelicans played Thursday defeating the Jokic-less Nuggets 107-88.
At this time, the Clippers are 39-39 overall against the spread this season and they are 21-18 ATS as the away team. Additionally, the Pelicans are 37-39-1 against the spread this season. Also, they are 21-16 ATS as the home team
Saturday, April 1st, the LA Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans meet for the third and final time this season. New Orleans leads the series 2-0 with victories on October 30th (112-91) and March 25th (131-110).
Last season New Orleans won the regular season series 3-1 plus the Pelicans own the all-time record with 39 wins of the 70 contests between the teams.
*Editor’s Note: Statistics and rankings are current as of this writing, Friday, March 31st. Numbers may vary slightly entering games on Saturday, April 1st.
Splitting the baseball series versus the Grizzlies offered two lessons. On one hand the team won the first game without Kawhi Leonard or Paul George available scoring an incredible 142 points.
On the other hand, Leonard returned for the second game but so did four core Grizzlies contributors. With LA only down four at the half, the Clippers made the decision to rest Kawhi for the second half so he could do what he rarely does – play both games of a back-to-back set.
That led to Memphis outscoring LA by 10 points in the third frame so if they lose again that decision could come back to haunt Ty Lue.
On the negative side, presently, LA ranks 21st for scoring averaging 113.1 points per game while shooting 47.6% from the field and 38.2% from the perimeter ranking 14th and fifth respectively.
Opponents average 112.7 points per game ranking 12th lowest overall while allowing opponents to shoot 47.3% from the field and 36.3% from the perimeter ranking 16th and 19th respectively.
An updated injury report hasn’t been submitted yet because the Clippers played Friday so the speculation is…
- Paul George SF (OUT indefinitely — knee)
- Brandon Boston Jr. SG (was OUT Friday, at best he’s questionable — tailbone)
- Marcus Morris PF (was OUT Friday, at best he’s questionable —quarantine)
New Orleans Pelicans
Through the last seven games, the Pels are 6-1 with the only loss to the Warriors in San Francisco on the second game of a back-to-back set. That they’re doing this with Zion Williamson and Jose Alvarado both still out injured is impressive.
New Orleans already owns the tiebreaker against the Clippers but a win would pull them within a half-game of LA.
Presently, the Pelicans rank 15th for scoring averaging 114.2 points per game while shooting 48% from the field and 36.3% from the perimeter ranking 10th and 15th respectively.
Defensively, the Pelicans allow opponents to score 112.2 points per game, ranking seventh. New Orleans holds their opponents to 47.2% from the field ranking 14th and boasts the best perimeter opponent ranking 33.8%.
To summarize the injury report…
- Zion Williamson, PF (OUT indefinitely — hamstring)
- Jose Alvarado PG (OUT indefinitely — tibia)
- E.J. Liddell, PF (OUT indefinitely — knee)
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LA Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Betting Trends:
- All in all, the Clippers are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games.
- Also, the Clippers are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games against New Orleans.
- By comparison, New Orleans is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games.
- Lastly, the Pelicans are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games played in April.
Free LA Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
With three games separating the fifth through 10th seeds in the West, tiebreakers could determine several seeds. Each team has four or five games remaining. Realistically that means movement is probably limited to two games.
In addition to the Pels and Clippers, the other four teams in this group are the Warriors, Lakers, Wolves, and Thunder. Both teams split with the Warriors while the Clippers own the tiebreak against the Lakers but lost the tiebreak to the other trio.
New Orleans also owns the tiebreak versus the Thunder, lost to the Lakers, and has the final game versus the Wolves will determine who wins that tiebreak.
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