New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 4/15/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Friday, April 15, 2022
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+5)
Crypto.com Arena is the location where the Los Angeles Clippers (42-40) will attempt to beat the New Orleans Pelicans (36-46) on Friday. New Orleans opens this contest as 5-point dogs. The total is set at 218.
The Pelicans stepped onto the hardwood against the Spurs and took home the win by a score of 113-103 in their last game. In relation to personal fouls, the Pelicans ended up walking away with 22 while the Spurs totaled 6 personal fouls. They converted 13 of 34 tries from 3-point range. San Antonio finished shooting 72.7% when shooting free throws by burying 16 of 22 attempts. Furthermore, San Antonio collected 26 rebounds (8 offensive, 18 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. San Antonio distributed 34 assists and had 19 steals in the game. With respect to defense, New Orleans allowed 40.7% from the field on 37 of 91 shooting. They also dished out 25 assists in this game while forcing the opposition into 3 turnovers and having 4 steals. Concerning rebounding, they compiled 53 with 8 of them being offensive. At the charity stripe, the Pelicans converted 17 of 23 shots for a rate of 73.9%. New Orleans wrapped up the game with a 54.3% FG percentage (44 of 81) and made 8 of their 20 3-pointers.
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New Orleans comes into this matchup with a record of 36-46 so far this year. They turn the ball over 14.1 times per game and as a squad are committing 19.7 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, New Orleans is pulling down 45.2 boards per game and has earned 2,047 assists for the season, which is 13th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Pelicans are hitting 33.2% on three-point attempts (873 of 2,629) and 78.9% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 109.3 pts per game (21st in the NBA) while going 45.7% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Pelicans are able to force 14.2 turnovers every game while drawing 20.5 fouls. They are conceding 36.5% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 13th in the NBA in points per game allowed (110.3). The Pelicans defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 47.1% (3,301 of 7,009) and they concede 41.8 boards per contest as a team. They are 15th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 2,039 relinquished for the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Clippers went home defeated by a final of 109-104 when they played the Timberwolves. In relation to team rebounding, Los Angeles permitted Minnesota to grab 37 in total (12 on the offensive glass). They shot 40.0% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 14 out of 35 and ended up going 23 of 37 at the free throw line (62.2%). The Clippers permitted the Timberwolves to convert 36 out of 83 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.4% for this contest. Overall, the Clippers shot 34 out of 78 from the field which had them shooting 43.6%. With respect to 3-pointers, Los Angeles made 16 of 35 attempts (45.7%). They were able to knock down 20 of those for a percentage of 74.1%. The Timberwolves earned 11 personal fouls for the contest which took the Clippers to the free throw line for a total of 27 attempts. They gave up possession of the ball 17 times, while recording 5 steals in this contest. The Clippers pulled down 32 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards for a total of 39 for this game.
Los Angeles has a record of 42-40 for the season. As an offense, the Clippers are shooting 45.8% from the floor, which is 21st in the league. Los Angeles has 8,890 points on the year (108.4 per game) and they snag 44.0 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 24.0 times per contest (16th in the NBA) and they turn it over 13.7 times per game. The Clippers are responsible for committing 18.6 personal fouls per contest while shooting 79.3% from the free throw line.
The Los Angeles defense gives up 34.5% on shots from distance (958 of 2,780) and opponents are connecting on 77.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 24.1 dimes and 47.1 boards every game, ranking them 11th and 28th in the NBA. The Clippers on the defensive end are ranked 11th in basketball in PPG given up with 108.4. They are forcing 13.6 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.0% from the field (6th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-5)
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