New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 3/29/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics
Date: Monday, March 29, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+5.5)
The Boston Celtics (23-23) play the New Orleans Pelicans (20-25) at TD Garden on Monday. New Orleans opens this contest as 5.5-point dogs. The O/U opens at 230.5.
The New Orleans Pelicans faced the Dallas Mavericks and went home with a win by a final score of 112-103 in their last game. New Orleans finished with a 51.9% FG percentage (42 out of 81) and buried 9 out of their 26 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Pelicans converted 19 of 29 shots for a percentage of 65.5%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 42 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 20 assists for the matchup while forcing the other team into 7 turnovers and having 2 steals. Concerning defense, New Orleans allowed their opponent to shoot 44.6% from the field on 37 out of 83 shooting. Dallas distributed 19 dimes and had 2 steals for the contest. On top of that, Dallas grabbed 38 rebounds (10 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Dallas walked away from this one shooting 79.2% at the charity stripe by burying 19 of their 24 tries. They also made 10 out of their 31 shots from three-point range.
Zion Williamson is one guy who had an impact for this game. He notched 38 points on 13 out of 20 shooting. He saw the court for 34:35 mins played and totaled 5 rebounds. Williamson finished the game shooting 65.0% from the field and distributed 6 assists. Someone else that was a major factor in the game for the Pelicans was Nickeil Alexander-Walker. He collected 5 rebounds in 31:35 min played. He finished the game at 41.2% from the field in this game by going 7-of-17 (20 points). When the final whistle blew, Alexander-Walker collected 1 assist.
New Orleans comes into this game with a record of 20-25 so far this season. The Pelicans are connecting on 35.5% on three-point attempts (502 of 1,413) and 73.8% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 115.4 points per outing (5th in the league) while hitting 48.7% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 14.1 times per contest and as a team are committing 17.6 personal fouls per contest. As a team, New Orleans is collecting 46.3 rebounds per contest and has tallied 1,178 dimes for the season, which ranks 8th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Pelicans have forced 12.8 turnovers per game while drawing 20.7 personal fouls. The Pelicans are allowing a field goal percentage of 47.2% (576 of 932) and they concede 39.9 boards per game as a squad. They are currently ranked 26th in the league in allowing assists with 1,193 relinquished on the campaign. They give up 39.1% on shots from distance while they are 25th in the NBA in opponents points per game (114.8).
When they last played, the Boston Celtics took home the win by a final score of 111-94 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Celtics corralled 42 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 52 in this game. They also coughed it up 12 times, while earning 10 steals for the matchup. The Thunder committed 12 personal fouls in this contest which took the Celtics to the charity stripe for a total of 14 attempts. They were able to bury 11 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 78.6%. With respect to three-point shots, Boston knocked down 12 out of their 38 tries (31.6%). At the conclusion of this game, the Celtics went 44 for 96 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.8%. The Celtics allowed the Thunder to make 34 of 83 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.0% for this contest. They shot 28.9% from distance by connecting on 11 of 38 and finished the contest at 15 of 24 from the free throw line (62.5%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Boston permitted Oklahoma City to get 50 overall (10 offensive).
Jayson Tatum pitched in for the Celtics for the game. He made 11 out of 27 for the game giving him a rate of 40.7%, and had 5 rebounds. Tatum recorded 27 points in his 38:03 mins of playing time and tallied 3 assists for the game. An additional guy that played a role for Boston was Jaylen Brown. He finished this one with no assists in his 29:50 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 9 out of 23 from the floor. Brown ended up shooting 39.1% from the field in addition to contributing 25 points and 3 rebounds.
Boston has a win-loss record of 23-23 so far this season. The Celtics are responsible for committing 20.5 fouls per game and they connect on 76.0% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 23.0 times per contest (24th in the league) and they are turning it over 13.9 times per game. Boston has tallied 5,169 points so far this season (112.4 per game) and they grab 44.0 boards per contest. When it comes to offense, the Celtics are hitting on 47.0% from the floor, which has them ranked 12th in basketball. The Celtics defensively are ranked 14th in basketball in PPG given up with 111.2. They have forced 14.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.6% from the floor (16th in the league). The Boston defense gives up 36.8% on 3-point shots (587 of 1,596) and opponents are making 78.9% of their foul shots. They relinquish 23.5 dimes and 42.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, ranking them 6th and 6th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston (-5.5)
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