Boston Celtics (10-10) vs New Orleans Pelicans (10-10)Date : 11/26/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Smoothie King Arena, New Orleans, Lousisiana
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Boston Celtics vs New Orleans Pelicans
Two teams with identical records will face off at Smoothie King arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, as the Boston Celtics will face the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Boston Celtics continue to drop ball games as they have lost three of their last four games after a 113 – 104 road loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their last outing as their offense certainly woke up a bit in having five double-digit scores while shooting 47% from the floor for the night. On the other hand, the Dallas Mavericks also had five double-digit scores in the victory is well led by Harrison Barnes and JJ Barea with 20 points each.
On the other hand, the New Orleans Pelicans lost their third straight game this time to the inconsistent Washington Wizards on the road by a 124 – 114 score as Pelicans certainly shot well from the field yet allowed the Washington Wizards to shoot well over 50% for the night. Anthony Davis did not play in this matchup, however, Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic led the Pelicans in scoring with 29 and 24 points, respectively, in the loss.
Boston Celtics's Latest Performance :
Boston continues to reel at both ends of the court as they have lost four of their last five as Kyrie Irving and company are feeling the effects of inconsistency on the offensive end of the court while their defense has experienced much the same as they have failed to pick up critical stops at pivotal points in games, thus resulting in losses. They will certainly look to reverse the trends in this matchup versus the New Orleans Pelicans as they certainly cannot afford to allow this offensive minded team to get going. Nonetheless, the Celtics should really shine in this matchup as the Pelicans are ranked 4th in the league in allowing opponents to score an average of 104 points per game on 44% shooting. The problem is that during their current losing streak, the Celtics have allowed teams to score an average of 115 points while their offense has not been able to keep up as they have only put up 108 points during this time.
With that being the case, look for Boston to go back to basics as they will look to get Kyrie Irving to get going offensively while using his ability to act as a playmaker to ensure that other scores such as Marcus Morris along with Jayson Tatum are contributing to the offense as well. Gordon Hayward went down with an ankle injury in his prior outing and is unsure if he will start for this matchup versus the Pelicans on Monday night.
New Orleans Pelicans's Latest Performance :
In all, the New Orleans Pelicans continue to play stellar on offense up until this point; however they have struggled on the defensive end of the court in that there are allowing opponents to get too many easy shots on the perimeter, thus decreasing their probability of winning ball games, overall. And with Anthony Davis suffering from a hip strain and uncertain as to whether he will suit up for this match up, the struggles for the New Orleans Pelicans may continue for quite some time. As stated, they have lost 3 straight games coming into this matchup with the Boston Celtics andmay find it difficult to get a win at Smoothie King Arena where the Pelicans are undefeated in their last five games.
In Davis’s absence, the Pelicans have gotten contributions from Julius Randle as well as Nikola Mirotic as they certainly be counted upon to keep the offensive afloat with Davis not in the lineup. However, they will need other bench players to also step up in which to make up for the lost production as well. In all, it will be interesting to see how the Pelicans perform versus a Boston Celtics squad that is looking for an opportunity to come out of their present offensive funk. With the Pelicans allowing 117 points to their opponents per game on 47% shooting, expect for the Celtics to be chomping at the bit in which to take the floor on Monday night.
How Boston Celtics & New Orleans Pelicans Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Boston is 7-12 ATS while the OU is 9 – 10
New Orleans is 9 – 10 ATS while the OU is 12 – 7
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will certainly be a high-scoring and competitive match up amongst teams that will be running and gunning from start to finish. While the Celtics have prided themselves on the defensive end in the past, they have struggled in this area in the recent games and with the Pelicans coming to town, look for them to experience some issues in guarding the many scorers that New Orleans possess. With that being the case, the up-and-down pace of the game will certainly allow for both teams to get into a decent rhythm, thus allowing the score to balloon early and often.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: New Orleans Pelicans
My reason for the pick :
While it is unknown as to whether Anthony Davis will start in this matchup, I will pick the New Orleans Pelicans as they have played much better at home in 2018 as opposed to on the road. The Boston Celtics, on the other hand have stunk up the court recently and I see this trend continuing as they will simply not be able to keep up with New Orleans and their offensive prowess as they have been unable to play consistently on the offensive end all year. In all, expect New Orleans to come out with a huge victory in this matchup, thus halting their current losing streak.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
The over has been the case in four of the last five games for the Pelicans while being the result in four of the last six games for the Boston Celtics. As stated, this will be an up-and-down game all the way as both teams will be looking to find some type of rhythm versus defenses that have allowed their opponents to score at will lately. In all, look for the over to be the strong play in this matchup as I see both teams having a solid night on the offensive end.
Betting trends for Boston Celtics:
- The Celtics are 3 – 7 ATS in last 10 games
- The over is 6 – 4 in Celtics last 10 games
Betting trends for New Orleans Pelicans:
- Pelicans are 3-1 ATS in last 4 games
- The over is 4 – 1 in Pelicans last 5 games