At 7:30 ET, the New Orleans Pelicans will travel to Boston to take on the Celtics. This non-conference matchup will be played at TD Garden and can be seen on NBCS.
Currently, the Celtics are favored by 8 points and have a moneyline of -339. The over/under line for this game is set at 233.5. The Pelicans come into this game with a record of 26-20 and have lost their last two games. They are currently 7th in the Western Conference and first in the Southwest Division. The Celtics have the best record in the NBA at 35-11 and are first in the Eastern Conference and first in the Atlantic Division.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS VS BOSTON CELTICS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans +8
This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:30 ET on Monday, January 29th.
WHY BET THE NEW ORLEANS PELICANS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 117-116 in favor of the Pelicans.
- Our projections have Brandon Ingram finishing with Brandon Ingram points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
- From the field, we have the Pelicans finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.1% and knocking down 14 threes.
Does New Orleans Have a Shot at a Road Win?
In their games this season, the Pelicans have averaged a combined 229.8 points per game, which is lower than today’s O/U line of 233.5. Overall, their games have averaged an O/U line of 230.1 points.
New Orleans is 23-23 on the over/under for the season, and their last game vs. the Bucks went over the O/U line of 243. The two teams combined for 258 points in that game.
The Pelicans are 11-11 against the spread on the road this season, and they have an ATS record of 25-21 overall. As the underdog, their ATS record is 12-9, and they have failed to cover the spread in their last two games.
In the Western Conference standings, the Pelicans are currently in 7th place with a record of 26-20. In the Southwest Division, they are in 1st place.
New Orleans is coming off a 141-117 loss to the Bucks. They were 3.5-point underdogs in that game, and their ATS record as the underdog is 11-10 this season.
So far this season, the Pelicans have been an above-average offensive team, scoring 116.7 points per game, which is 12th in the league. On the road, they have been even better, averaging 117.4 points per game.
When it comes to pace, the Pelicans are 19th in the league, averaging 98.5 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 9th in the league at 48%. They have also been efficient from beyond the arc, hitting 38% of their three-point attempts, which is 5th in the NBA.
Overall, the Pelicans are 8th in the league in true shooting percentage. In terms of assists, they are 11th with an average of 27 per game. When it comes to offensive rebounds, they are 13th in the league.
In the current season, the Pelicans defense has excelled, sitting 14th in the NBA by allowing 113.0 points per game. The New Orleans defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.5% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.4% of their field goal attempts vs. New Orleans.
Will Boston Win at Home?
Boston is currently 22-22 against the spread this season, going 12-9 ATS at home and 10-13 ATS on the road. They have failed to cover the spread in their last two home games and have an average scoring differential of +13.3 points per game at home.
In the Eastern Conference, the Celtics are in first place with a record of 35-11. Against other teams in the East, they are 24-6 and 11-5 in non-conference games. The Celtics have won four straight games on the road and are 15-9 away from home.
Coming into today’s game, the Celtics have been favored in 43 of their 46 games this season. As the favorite, they have a 33-10 record straight up and are 20-21 vs. the spread with an average scoring differential of +10.2 points per game.
In their last game, the Celtics lost to the Clippers by a score of 115-96. The O/U line for that game was 231.5, and Boston was favored by 6.5 points going into the game.
This season, the Celtics have an O/U record of 23-23, with an average of 230.8 points per game. In their games, the average combined scoring total is 231 points.
When it comes to scoring, the Celtics are one of the most prolific teams in the NBA, averaging 120.3 points per game. At home, they are averaging 121.7 points per game.
So far this season, the Celtics have outscored the NBA scoring average in 69.6% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, Boston is shooting 47% from the field, which is 14th in the league.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Celtics lead the NBA in both three-pointers made per game (16.2) and three-point attempts per game (42.7). Overall, they are shooting 37% from beyond the arc.
So far, the Celtics’ defense is ranked 4th in the league at 110.7 points per contest. Inside the arc, the Celtics defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 52.1% and 34.6% from three-point territory.