New Orleans Pelicans vs LA Clippers betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA game. The Pelicans will try to win their 3rd game in 4 outings as they travel to Los Angeles and face the Clippers at Staples Center. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans has already beaten the Clippers once this season. It finished 94-81 in the game played in New Orleans 10 days ago. Neither side shot the ball that well in that game, but the Pelicans were able to win the defensive battle by holding the Clipps to just 37% shooting from the field. At the time it was only the 3rd win of the season for the Pelicans, since then they’ve won 2 more games against respectable opponents Washington and Utah. All eyes are on Zion Williamson and his status as the team has finally cleared him to play, so it’ll be interesting to see when he comes back. Tonight is probably not going to be the night, which is a shame as the Pelicans could really use him against a team they’ve beaten just 3 times in their last 14 road games.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers definitely haven’t forgotten the 13-point loss at New Orleans and the dreadful offensive performance they showed in that game. Since that game they’ve exchanged wins and losses and are coming off a 15-point home loss against the Golden State Warriors last night. They wasted another 30-point from Paul George and have now fallen to just 11-9 on the season, good enough for just 5th place in the West. This team is still without Nicolas Batum who has been out since the game against the Pelicans. Aside from that, they are fairly healthy, but that hasn’t helped them this season against Western Conference teams as they’ve covered just once in 5 such games.
Pelicans did shock the world with that win at Utah, however they were quickly brought back down to Earth the following night. They are shown improvements lately, but LA is the better team here and I expect them to win. However, I don’t see a blowout here, so backing the Pelicans and the extra points is the way to go in my opinion.
Los Angeles Clippers – New Orleans Pelicans Odds
Los Angeles Clippers – New Orleans Pelicans Predictions
New Orleans +9.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
The first meeting between these two sides was one of the lowest scoring games of the season as it finished with just 175 points. Quite the difference from the past 10 meetings between these two sides in which they’ve averaged 235.2 points combined. Without Zion, Pelicans games aren’t so high scoring as they have been in previous years. 11 of their last 15 have all gone under the total, including 9 of their last 10 vs Western Conference teams. Neither team has good offensive stats this season, they are currently the 25th and 26th offensively ranked teams in the NBA. The difference between them is their play on the other side of the ball, Clippers are only 2nd to the Warriors in defensive efficiency this season, so I think they are in a good position to hold the Pelicans to a reasonable amount of points in this one. Let’s try our luck by backing the under in this one.
Under 211 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365