Los Angeles Clippers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 3/14/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-5.5)
The New Orleans Pelicans (16-22) play the Los Angeles Clippers (25-14) at Smoothie King Center on Sunday. The line on this contest has Los Angeles as 5.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 236.
The Los Angeles Clippers faced the Golden State Warriors and walked away with a win by a score of 130-104 in their last game. Los Angeles finished the game having earned a 45.8% FG percentage (44 of 96) and knocked down 18 of their 41 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Clippers converted 24 of 29 tries for a percentage of 82.8%. When it comes to rebounding, they compiled 56 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 23 assists in this game in addition to creating 16 turnovers and having 10 steals. When talking about defense, Los Angeles allowed 43.2% from the floor on 38 of 88 shooting. Golden State earned 20 assists and had 6 steals for the matchup. In addition, Golden State pulled down 44 rebounds (5 offensive, 39 defensive) and got 6 rejections. Golden State walked away from this one shooting 70.4% at the free throw line by burying 19 of 27 tries. They also made 9 of 36 shots from downtown.
Kawhi Leonard is one player who played a role in this matchup. He ended up with 28 points on 10 of 17 shooting. He played 31:18 mins played and snagged 9 rebounds. Leonard finished shooting 58.8% from the floor and also dished out 4 dimes. Someone else that was a factor in the game for the Clippers was Paul George. He grabbed 7 rebounds in 26:50 min on the basketball court. He finished the contest at 35.7% from the floor for the matchup by going 5-of-14 (17 points). When the final whistle was blown, George accounted for 5 assists.
Los Angeles enters this game with a record of 25-14 so far this season. The Clippers are shooting 42.0% on shots from 3-point land (566 of 1,349) and 84.3% from the charity stripe. They average 115.2 points per contest (6th in basketball) while connecting on 48.3% from the field. They are turning it over 13.3 times per contest and as a group are committing 19.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling down 44.5 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 951 assists for the season, which has them ranked 11th in the league in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Clippers are able to force 12.8 turnovers every game while drawing 18.0 personal fouls. The Clippers defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 46.7% (500 of 702) and they concede 41.5 boards per game as a unit. They are ranked 14th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 905 conceded on the campaign. They are conceding 35.8% on 3-point shots and they rank 6th in the league in points per game allowed (109.3).
In their last game, the New Orleans Pelicans took home the win by a final score of 116-82 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pelicans collected 51 defensive boards and 19 offensive rebounds totaling 70 for this game. They turned it over 13 times, while getting 2 steals in this contest. The Cavaliers were called for 18 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Pelicans to the charity stripe for 19 tries. They were able to convert 16 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 84.2%. In reference to shooting from downtown, New Orleans buried 6 out of 24 tries (25.0%). When all was said and done, the Pelicans finished shooting 47 out of 101 from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.5%. The Pelicans permitted the Cavaliers to convert 30 of 88 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 34.1% in this contest. They finished shooting 21.9% from 3-point land by going 7 of 32 and walked away from this one shooting 15 of 20 at the free throw line (75.0%). When it comes to how they rebounded, New Orleans permitted Cleveland to grab 33 overall (5 on the offensive side).
Brandon Ingram pitched in for the Pelicans for the matchup. He made 11 of 14 in this contest giving him a rate of 78.6%, and tallied 7 rebounds. Ingram scored 28 points in his 25:08 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 4 dimes for the contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for New Orleans was Zion Williamson. He finished this one with no assists in 17:38 mins on the court, and he shot 9 out of 16 from the floor. Williamson ended up shooting 56.3% from the field while notching 23 points and 6 rebounds.
New Orleans has a win-loss mark of 16-22 so far this season. As an offense, the Pelicans are connecting on 48.2% from the floor, which is ranked 6th in basketball. New Orleans has 4,378 pts so far this season (115.2 per contest) and they grab 46.9 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 25.6 times per game (12th in the league) and they turn it over 14.0 times per game. The Pelicans commit 17.6 personal fouls every game and they connect on 72.9% from the free throw line. The Pelicans are ranked 26th in the league in points allowed per contest with 115.5. They are able to force 12.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 47.4% from the field (23rd in the league). The New Orleans defense surrenders 39.2% on three-point shots (586 of 1,496) and opponents are converting on 80.1% of their free throw attempts. They have conceded 27.3 assists and 40.4 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 29th and 1st in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-5.5)
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