New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 1/11/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
The New Orleans Pelicans are traveling to TD Garden on Wednesday where they will take on the Boston Celtics.
The Pelicans faced the Wizards and went home with a win by a final score of 132-112 in their last contest. When discussing fouls, the Pelicans left the arena with 21 while the Wizards recorded 25 fouls. They also converted 14 of 34 attempts from distance. Washington finished shooting 77.8% at the free throw line by making 14 of 18 shots. Moreover, Washington snagged 37 rebounds (7 offensive, 30 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Washington doled out 26 assists and had 5 steals for this contest. In terms of defending, New Orleans allowed the other team to go 51.2% from the field on 42 out of 82 shooting. They also doled out 24 dimes for the matchup as well as creating 20 turnovers and getting 9 steals. In reference to rebounding, they collected 44 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Pelicans knocked down 24 of their 31 attempts for a percentage of 77.4%. New Orleans ended having earned a 52.7% field goal percentage (49 of 93) and made 10 out of their 26 shots from downtown.
CJ McCollum is a player who had an impact in the game. McCollum ended up going 57.1% from the field and distributed 1 assist. He was on the court for 31 mins played and totaled 5 rebounds. He notched 34 points on 12 out of 21 shooting.
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New Orleans will take the court with a mark of 25-16 for the season. They have an average of 117.4 pts per game (4th in the NBA) while shooting 47.9% from the field. The Pelicans are hitting 36.5% on shots from downtown (461 of 1,264) and 78.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, New Orleans is pulling down 45.5 rebounds per game and has earned 1,068 dimes for the season, which is 8th in the NBA in terms of passing. They are turning it over 15.2 times per game and as a squad are committing 20.6 fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Pelicans are forcing 15.9 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 21.4 fouls. They give up 34.3% on 3-point shots and they are 14th in basketball in PPG allowed (113.0). The Pelicans are giving up a FG percentage of 47.0% (1,696 of 3,608) and they relinquish 41.7 rebounds per game as a unit. They rank 19th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,036 conceded for the campaign.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Celtics got the victory with a final of 107-99 when they played the Bulls. In relation to rebounds, Boston allowed Chicago to grab 42 overall (6 on the offensive side). They finished 34.3% from downtown by going 12 out of 35 and ended up shooting 9 of 14 at the free throw line (64.3%). The Celtics allowed the Bulls to bury 39 out of their 86 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 45.3% for the matchup. When the final whistle was blown, the Celtics walked away from this one shooting 38 for 87 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.7%. In regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Boston made 11 of their 41 tries (26.8%). They were able to convert 20 of them for a percentage of 95.2%. The Bulls were called for 18 personal fouls for the game which got the Celtics to the free throw line for a total of 21 attempts. They turned it over 9 times, while earning 2 steals in this contest. The Celtics were able to collect 41 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 50 for this contest.
Jayson Tatum ended up being a factor for the Celtics for the contest. He converted 10 of 21 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 47.6%, and had 8 rebounds. Tatum earned 32 points in his 38 minutes of playing time and had 7 dimes in the game.
Boston has a record of 29-12 on the campaign. The Celtics are committing 19.0 fouls per game and they hit 82.6% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 26.7 times per game (6th in the league) and they are giving up possession 13.6 times per contest. Boston has scored 4,858 points on the season (118.5 per contest) and they grab 44.0 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Celtics are shooting 47.8% from the field, which is ranked 10th in the league.
The Celtics defensively are ranked 13th in the league in points given up per game with 112.6. They are forcing 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.9% from the field (13th in basketball). The Boston defense allows 35.5% on shots from distance (476 of 1,339) and their opponents are connecting on 78.0% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 22.4 dimes and 44.3 rebounds every game, ranking them 1st and 22nd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston
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