New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Pelicans vs Boston Celtics Prediction 1/29/2024

The New Orleans Pelicans (26-20) travel to face off against the Boston Celtics (35-11) on Monday, January 29th. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston and televised on NBCS. Both the Pelicans and Celtics will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 ET.

Pelicans vs Celtics

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The Pelicans Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

In their most recent game, the Pelicans fell to the Bucks by a score of 141-117. Alonside their straight-up loss, the Pelicans failed to cover the spread as +3.5 point underdogs. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 243 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.

In the Pelicans’ last five games, they are 2-3 and have an overall record of 26-20. In non-conference games, the Pelicans are 8-3 compared to an 18-17 record against Western Conference teams.

New Orleans has an overall ATS record of 25-21 as they come into today’s game. On the road, the Pelicans have an ATS record of 11-11 compared to a 14-10 record vs. the spread at home.

The Celtics Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

In their most recent matchup, the Celtics conveyed a message to the Clippers with a score of 115-96. The Celtics not only lost the game but also failed to cover the spread as -6.5 point favorites. Considering the over/under, the total of 211 points fell short of the set over/under line of 231.5.

Coming into today’s matchup against the Pelicans, the Celtics are looking to stay above .500. So far, they are 35-11 and are in 1st place in both the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division.

Boston comes in with an overall ATS record of 22-22 so far this season. Boston has covered the spread in two consecutive road games, while maintaining an ATS record of 10-13 on the road as opposed to 12-9 at home.

Pelicans Offense Breakdown

The Pelicans arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 116.7 points per game (12th).

So far this season, the Pelicans have been one of the most efficient three-point shooting teams in the league, ranking 5th in three-point percentage at 38%. However, they are just 23rd in three-point attempts per game at 31.9.

New Orleans has been excellent at getting to the free-throw line, ranking 6th in both free throws made and attempted per game. In terms of pace, they are 19th in the NBA at 98.5 possessions per game.

When it comes to scoring, the Pelicans are 12th in the league at 116.7 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 117.4 points compared to 116.1 at home.

Celtics Offense Breakdown

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Heading into play, the Celtics’ offense is rated 4th in the league in scoring, averaging 120.3 points per contest.

This season, the Celtics are one of the top offensive teams in the NBA, averaging 120.3 points per game (4th). At home, they are scoring 121.7 points per game (5th).

Boston leads the league in three-pointers made per game (16.2) and attempts (42.7). Overall, they are shooting 37% from beyond the arc (4th).

When it comes to two-point field goals, the Celtics are 29th in the NBA in made shots and 30th in attempts. Overall, they are shooting 47% from the field (14th).

Pelicans Team Defense

This season, the Pelicans defense has been impressive, holding the 14th position in the league while permitting an average of 113.0 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Pelicans are causing 12.7 turnovers per game, ranking 14th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 21st in rejections, averaging 4.7 blocked shots each game.

Celtics Team Defense

Currently, the Celtics’ defense holds the 4th rank in the NBA, allowing 110.7 points per game. Boston struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Clippers, giving up 18. For the game, Los Angeles scored 115 points in the game.

Key Players For The Pelicans And Celtics

The outlook for today’s matchup points to Brandon Ingram as the primary point contributor for the Pelicans, finishing with 23 points while maintaining a 8/17 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 21.3 points per game, along with 4.8 rebounds.

As for Boston, Jayson Tatum is projected to be the primary scorer for the Celtics. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 25, and adding 8 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 46.8%, and he is contributing 26.8 points per game on average.

Pelicans vs Celtics Trends

  • In their last five games away from home, the Pelicans have a straight up record of 2-3 while going 2-3 vs. the spread. The team averaged 121 points per game in this stretch.
  • The Celtics are 2-1 ATS in their last three home games and 3-0 straight-up.
  • Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, New Orleans has an ATS mark of 5-5 while going 5-5 straight up.
  • As the betting favorite, the Celtics have an ATS record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups, their straight up record was 2-1.

Pelicans vs Celtics Prediction

The Pelicans come in as the underdog at +8, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 233.5, and our model predicts the Pelicans and Celtics to score a combined 233 points. We recommend betting on the under.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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