New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers Predictions, NBA Picks, Betting Tips 8/1/2020
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020
Location: HP Field House in Orlando, Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -5.5
Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers (44-21, 2nd in the Pacific Division) play the New Orleans Pelicans (28-37, 4th in the Southwest Division) at HP Field House on Saturday. New Orleans opens this matchup as 5.5-point dogs. The total is set at 226.5.
The Pelicans cover 52.4% of the time, having gone 33-30-2 ATS. Los Angeles covers the spread 55.4% of the time, going 36-29-0 against the spread.
Key New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
07/29/20 PF Montrezl Harrell Personal is questionable Saturday vs New Orleans
07/28/20 SG Lou Williams Personal is questionable Saturday vs New Orleans
Jrue Holiday averages 19.6 points per game in 35.0 minutes per contest. He averages 6.8 assists per contest and 4.9 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 70%. Lonzo Ball comes into this contest averaging 12.3 points per game while playing 32.4 minutes per night. He pulls down 6.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 7.0 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 41% while his free throw percentage is at 55%.
Patrick Beverley averages 8.0 points per game and he sees the court an average of 26.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.3 rebounds per contest and 3.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 67%. Kawhi Leonard averages 26.9 points per game while playing 32.2 minutes per contest. He grabs 7.2 rebounds per game and has 5.0 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is at 89%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Pelicans allow 116.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 27th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 19th and 16th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.1 rebounds a game which ranks 15th, and they give up 24.5 assists per contest which puts them in 15th place in the league. They force 14.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the league. New Orleans averages 116.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.9 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 13th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 4th in the league. They average 47.0 rebounds per game and 26.9 assists per contest, which ranks them 5th and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 2nd with 16.3 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Clippers surrender 109.6 points per contest, which ranks them 12th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 3rd and 2nd in those defensive statistics. They rank 8th with 23.5 assists allowed per contest, and 18th with 45.5 rebounds surrendered per game. The Clippers are 12th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.2 per game. Los Angeles is 5th in the league with 116.0 points per game this year. They are 11th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 6.4. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 9th in the NBA. They are 3rd in the league in rebounding with 47.8 boards per game and 21st in assists per contest with 23.7. The Clippers are 15th in turnovers per game with 14.9.
The Pelicans are 15th in the league in defensive rating with 111.4, and their offensive rating of 110.6 is ranked 18th. They are 2nd in the NBA in pace with 103.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 7th. As a unit they are 14th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shot attempts, ranking 8th in the NBA. New Orleans is 5th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 14th in the NBA.
Los Angeles is 16th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 29th in the NBA. The Clippers are 3rd in the league in defensive rating with 107.1, and their offensive rating of 113.4 is ranked 5th. They are 8th in the NBA in pace with 101.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 12th. As a unit they are 9th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 17th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Pelicans/Clippers NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New Orleans +5.5
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