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New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics Prediction & Betting Tips 3/30/2024

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics 3/30/24
  • Take the Celtics on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Pelicans (+5.5)
  • Projecting a combined 230 points, we like the over

New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics Preview

Tip-off for this non-conference matchup between the Celtics and Pelicans is set for 5:00 ET at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. NBCS will have the TV coverage. Boston is favored by 5.5 points, and the over/under is set at 223.5.

As for the current standings, the Celtics are 1st in the Eastern Conference at 57-16, while the Pelicans are 5th in the West at 45-28. Boston has dropped two straight.

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics Head-to-Head and Key Stats

In the last three games between New Orleans and Boston, the Celtics have dominated the series, going 3-0. This includes a convincing margin of victory of 9 points per contest. Across the last three head-to-head matchups, Boston is averaging 120 points compared to New Orleans at 111.

  • When looking at their past ten road matchups, Boston has an ATS record of 6-4 while averaging 119 per game. The team went 6-4 overall in these games.
  • Across the Pelicans last ten home games, the team averaged 111 points per game while allowing 99. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 5-4-1, while going 8-2 straight-up.
  • Through their last five games as the underdog, the Pelicans have an ATS record of 3-2 and a straight up mark of 3-2.
  • Going back to their previous three games as the favorite, Boston has an ATS mark of 1-2 while going 1-2 straight up.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics Prediction

Boston’s O/U record for the season is 37-35-1, and the team has hit the over in their last five games. This year, the Celtics have played to an average of 230.9 points per game compared to today’s O/U line of 223.5.

In their most recent game, the Celtics lost to the Hawks by a score of 123-122. The O/U line for that game was 228.5 points, and Boston was favored by 15.5 points. This dropped their ATS record to 37-33 for the season.

Looking at the Celtics’ ATS record, they are 18-18 on the road and 35-32 as the favorite. Today, they are favored by 5.5 points and have an ATS record of 18-18 on the road.

Overall, the Celtics are 57-16 this season, which is the best record in the Eastern Conference. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 38-9 and 19-7 against the West.

Currently, the Celtics have lost two straight games and are 3-2 in their last five games. The O/U has gone over in each of their last five games.

When it comes to scoring, the Celtics are one of the best in the league, averaging 121.1 points per game (2nd). Interestingly, they have actually scored more on the road (119.1) than at home (123.3).

Boston leads the NBA in three-pointers made per game (16.6) and is 2nd in three-point shooting percentage (39%). In terms of field goal percentage, the Celtics are 9th at 48%.

Overall, the Celtics’ offense is 2nd in true shooting percentage but are just 29th in two-pointers made per game. As a team, they are 14th in assists (26.6) and have outscored the NBA scoring average in 75.3% of their games.

Although the Celtics’ defense is 6th in the league defensively this season, over their last three games they have allowed 118.7 points per contest, which is 28th in the NBA. The Boston defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.7% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 45.5% of their field goal attempts vs. Boston.

The Pelicans are 15-13 as underdogs this season and have an ATS record of 17-11 in those games. Overall, their ATS record as underdogs is 20-15.

In their games as the underdog, the Pelicans have an average scoring differential of +0.2 points per game. Today’s O/U line of 223.5 is lower than the season average of 228.1 for New Orleans.

New Orleans’ O/U record for the season is 31-42, and 23 of their games have had lower O/U lines than today’s. This season, their games have averaged 225.9 points per game.

In their last game, the Pelicans defeated the Bucks by a score of 107-100. The O/U line for that game was 226 points, and they were 2.5-point underdogs going into the game.

The Pelicans are currently 5th in the Western Conference with a record of 45-28. In the West, they are 26-19 against other teams and 19-9 in non-conference games.

For the season, the Pelicans have an ATS record of 40-32, going 20-15 ATS at home and 20-17 ATS on the road.

At home, the Pelicans have averaged 116.2 points per game this season, which is 14th in the league. Overall, they are 13th in scoring at 115.6 points per game.

When it comes to pace, New Orleans is 18th in the NBA with an average of 97.5 possessions per game.

In terms of shooting, the Pelicans are 8th in field goal percentage at 48%. From three-point range, they are 8th in three-point shooting percentage but just 25th in three-point attempts per game.

At this time, the Pelicans’ defense is positioned 8th in the NBA, permitting 110.4 points per game. Opponents are hitting 55.0% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 34.5% of their three-point attempts.

With the Celtics being favored by 5.5, our NFL analytics models has this one playing out 116-114 in favor of the Celtics.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics Betting Tips

  • Take the Celtics on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Pelicans (+5.5)
  • Projecting a combined 230 points, we like the over

New Orleans Pelicans Injury Report

  • Brandon Ingram – Knee – Out
  • Jose Alvarado – Hip – Out
  • Dyson Daniels – Knee – Probable

Boston Celtics Injury Report

  • Jaden Springer – Knee – Out
  • JD Davison – Ankle – Out

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