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2021 NBA Handicapping
(16-22) New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers (25-14)
Date: Sunday, March 14th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: New Orleans +190 | Los Angeles -210
NBA Betting Odds: Los Angeles -5.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 232.5
The Los Angeles Clippers should be well-rested after a couple days off before traveling down to Louisiana on Sunday. The Clippers will have the rest advantage as the New Orleans Pelicans will be playing their 3rd game in 4 days. After enduring an ugly three-game losing streak, the Pelicans finally fought back with a lopsided 116-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. A day prior to their bounce-back victory, the Clippers were doing the same thing in a 130-104 win over the Golden State Warriors.
These teams have only met once this season and it came over two months ago on January 13th. The Clippers held off a late comeback attempt by the Pelicans to win 111-106 on their home court.
Kawhi Leonard (28 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds) and Paul George (27 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) were at their bests and combined for nearly half the teams total points. The Pelicans were shorthanded as Zion Williamson and Lonzo Ball both missed the game but that didn’t stop Nickeil Alexander-Walker from stepping up in a huge way and scoring a career high 37 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.
New Orleans Pelicans
After dropping three consecutive losses, the Pelicans did exactly what they should have done on Friday and bullied the Cavaliers 116-82. You aren’t losing too many games when you manage to go plus-36 on the boards. The ability to dominate with rebounds should be a strength to propel the Pelicans into contention.
The problem all year for this team has been the difference as only the Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings have been worse defensively than New Orleans this season. Imagine not being able to get stops and staring across from a Clippers team with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on the roster
Second year #1 overall pick Zion Williamson continues to impress without any restrictions and had a great month of February which propelled him into an eventual all-star starting spot. He is currently averaging a team best 25.5 points per game while also securing 7.1 rebounds and dishing out 3.3 assists.
Reigning all-star Brandon Ingram is also having a great year and is proving any doubters he was worthy of his max contract with averages of 23.7 points 5.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists.
Los Angeles Clippers
The first half of the season didn’t end the way the Clippers hoped—a three-game losing streak on the road to the Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. But they did come out on the other side of the break with a 130-104 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Kawhi Leonard was at his best Thursday and scored a game high 28 points with 9 rebounds and 4 assists in only 31 minutes. Patrick Beverley was hurt in the contest and has already been ruled out for this game as well. The relentless defender is currently dealing with right knee soreness.
NBA Betting Trends:
- New Orleans is 14-24 ATS
- New Orleans is 1-4 SU and ATS in their last 5 games
- New Orleans OVERS are 28-10
- Clippers are 7-6 ATS in last 13 games
- Clippers O/U are 3-3 in last 6 games
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers NBA Prediction
The Clippers are in a space right now where they’re building their championship identity, while the Pelicans are barely staying afloat. Golden State was the first victim on the other side of the All-Star break for the Clippers to make a statement against and now it is the Pelicans time.
New Orleans is one of the worst defensive teams in the league and the task of stopping the long-distance shots gets even more daunting against a Clippers team with the league’s highest average 3-point shooting percentage (42%). Throw in the fact that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are leading the pack and it spells doom for the Pelicans. They’ll be in over their head in this one.
I’m laying the points and taking the Clippers.
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