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(2-1) Los Angeles Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans (2-0)
Date: Tuesday October 23
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -7
NBA Betting Total: 233.5
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New Orleans has had one of the best players in the league ever since Anthony Davis arrived. Based on a couple of early games they might have one of the most exciting teams too. I am not sure they are really in the upper tier in the Western Conference but we have a lot of games left to figure that one out. .
I am not a big fan of this Clippers team but back to back wins over Houston and OKC aren’t too bad to start. Now they hit the road for the first time this season so we might see what they are really made of.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are a totally different team this season. With DeAndre Jordon gone essentially the Lob City days are too. I thought they would really flounder but in the short term they are being competitive. It is coming from the defense and they are going to have to keep at it on that end of the floor.
In the absence of other scorers Tobias Harris has assumed that top mantle, scoring 22ppg. I have always looked at him as a complimentary player but somebody has to lead the team. My bet is Lou Williams finds his stroke though and eventually unseats him. This team does not have a lot of scoring potential.
This is going to be an interesting test to teh defensive mindset of the Clippers.. New Orleans has been scoring at a helacious clip and if the Clippers can’t slow them down I don’t see how they can keep up. They also don’t have an obvious defensive counter for the Pelicans top player, Anthony Davis.
Los Angeles has gone the opposite direction from their star based approach. I like the new depth but I still don’t see this as a team that is better than .500 at best. Winning on the road with defense is a good strategy but I don’t like this spot one bit. There are no real situational advantages.
Overall the next five don’t look great for L.A. If you think the market is overrating them off their recent win over Houston this is a team to fade right now. That would be my approach. .
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans is 2-0 and averaging a whopping 140ppg. Those are pretty surprising numbers on their own but perhaps the biggest surprise is that Anthony Davis is not even leading the team in scoring. Nope, that would be Niko Mirotic. He has been on fire and rebounding the ball more than ever (short sample warnings apply). .
Don’t worry about Davis, he is om;y making 60+% of his shots and averaging 12 boards so he is still a force. Up front they also have Julius Randle, former of the Lakers. I think getting him is going to prove to be awesome. I likes his game a lot in L.A. and so far the early returns for the Pelicans have been amazing – 19/11.
Obviously it seems that the Pelicans won’t score like this all season long. They are also bucking trends by being frontcourt heavy too, even with the departure of Bookie Cousins. Still this is a team that looks like it should be able to more than hang with good teams and beat up on average to below ones.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-3 in LAC last 10 Tue. games.
- Under is 7-3 in LAC last 10 vs. NBA Southwest.
- LAC are 20-9-1 ATS in their last 30 road games.
- NO are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Pacific.
- NO are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
- Over is 8-3 in NO last 11 Tue. games.
Free Los Angeles Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
This is an early clash of offense vs defense, perhaps stars vs scrubs too. I think New Orleans is the smart way to play. The easier side to get behind for sure.
The Pelicans are probably not going to score 140 points in this one but if they get to 115 or so that should be more than enough to win comfortably.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans -7
The Pelicans might be really good but at the very least they are good enough to expose that the Clippers are not all that great this season. Take the home team.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Pelicans 119 – Clippers 101
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