Two Western Conference squads coming off opposite results in their latest matchups are clashing today, when the New Orleans Pelicans (12-12), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Los Angeles Clippers (15-7), who saw a winning streak end and are looking to bounce back.
Date/Time: 12-03-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: New Orleans Pelicans -2.5
New Orleans Pelicans have a 12-12 record (11-13 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Rockets in the 9th place of the West. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Hornets with a 119-109 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 28.2 ppg, adding 4.8 dimes and a team high 13 boards per game. He is followed by Jrue Holiday with 20.1 ppg, 4.5 boards and a team high 8.8 dimes per game.
Los Angeles Clippers have a 15-7 record (14-8 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Nuggets in the first place of the West. In their last game they saw a four-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Mavericks with a 110-114 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Tobias Harris 21.4 ppg, adding a team high 8.5 boards per game. He is followed by Danilo Gallinari with 19 ppg and 6.1 boards, while Lou Williams adds 17.7 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Pelicans won at home with a 116-109 score. Pelicans have a 9-2 home record this season, while the Clippers are 6-6 on the road. Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 117.8 ppg to Clippers’ 117.2, while Clippers are better defensively, allowing 112.3 ppg to Pelicans’ 116.2 ppg. Pelicans have a better field goal percentage (47.6% to 47.2%), while Clippers have a better 3-point percentage (38.2% to 34.4%). Pelicans are better both in boards grabbed (48.6 to 46.7) and in dimes made (26.7 to 22.3), while Clippers are better in turnovers committed (13.5 to 15.3). Clippers have been mediocre on the road and Vegas odds give the Pelicans a -2.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Los Angeles Clippers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans -2.5 (-109)
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