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(22-20) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Boston Celtics (34-10)
Date: Tuesday January 16
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 214.5
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The New Orleans Pelicans arrive in Massachusetts to tip off versus the Boston Celtics. The Pelicans arrive having defeated the Knicks in their last outing. Boston completed 44 games of their schedule well before the half-way mark and beat the Sixers in their last outing.
Last season, the squads split their series, but Boston has won five of the last six matches. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Knicks 17 of their 33 matches.
New Orleans Pelicans
The modern day twin towers offer something completely different from almost every other squad in the Association. As most squads feature small ball lineups it is the size and versatility of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis which makes the Pelicans special.
Winners in three of their last four games the Pelicans are finding a groove as they near the All Star Break. Davis scored a season high 48 points in New York. Davis is on a hot streak having scored 30 or more points in seven of his last 11 games with double digit rebounds in five of these matches. In the same stretch of games DeMarcus Cousins has scored 20 or more points in nine of the 12 games and double digit rebounding in 10 of the 12 games.
Another common denominator for the Pelicans is the constant revolving door of their injury reserves. In the game versus the Celtics the Pelicans will be without Jameer Nelson (personal matter), Tony Allen (fibula fracture), Alexis Ajinca (knee), Frank Jackson (foot) and Solomon Hill (hamstring).
After starting the season 0-2 it took another 20 games to register 2 additional losses. Between December 8 and 25 Boston lost six of their 11 games. It appeared the squad had hit a wall.
In reality it seems the Celtics who were anxious to improve an offense which struggled to score. After the 5-6 stretch Brad Stevens ditched the team’s efforts to improve offensively electing instead to refocus on their strength – defense.
This led to Boston reclaiming the best defense rank and registering their second longest win streak of the season of seven games. In five of those wins Boston held the opponent under the century mark.
Although the Celtics played the most games through the first half of the season their strength of schedule was the fourth easiest. As they prepare for the second half they’ll face copious travel with 11 games still to play on the opposite coast. All told 32 their final 38 games feature road games Western Conference opponents, playoff seeds or teams within a game of the playoffs.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 16-6 in Pelicans last 22 overall.
- Over is 10-4 in Pelicans last 14 games as an underdog.
- Celtics are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Underdog is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 head to head meetings
- Under is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings in Boston between these 2 squads.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction: Pelicans cover spread
The Celtics have the rested legs with almost five full days off. That may prove to be a benefit defensively, but serve to make the offense rusty. The real issue will be Boston finding enough frontcourt bigs to match up with Cousins and Davis. Historically Al Horford doesn’t fair well against the more physical bigs and the combination of Aron Baynes plus Daniel Theis may not be enough.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans +4.5
As much as I think the Celtics have the edge I just don’t see who they have that can stop Cousins or Davis. Then again Theis does seem to get veteran calls (a first for a rookie as far as I can recall) so perhaps the whistle will help Boston. Still, I think the Celtics horseshoe of winning close games and getting all the 50-50 whistles will continue but the Pelicans will cover the spread.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Celtics 105 – Pelicans 104
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