Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/3/14
New Orleans Pelicans (14-16) at Boston Celtics (13-19)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics +3 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans will be heading to Boston on Friday to face off against the Celtics.
The Boston Celtics are in rebuilding mode this season, and currently the Celtics are just 13-19 on the year. Not a good record, but Boston is just under .500 at home this season at 8-9, and the Celtics are just three gems back of the Raptors for the division lead. Boston is led offensively by Jeff Green, who is putting up an average of 15.8 points per game on the year. The Celtics have a strong defense, ranking fourth in the league in points scored per game, holding their opponents to 96.7 on average this year.
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The New Orleans Pelicans are just below the .500 mark this season, as the Pelicans are 14-16 on the year. New Orleans does struggle away from home however, going just 5-11 on the road this season. The Pelicans have been known for their defense the past few seasons, but this year it’s all about the offense as New Orleans is putting up an average of 103.3 points per game. New Orleans is just 1-2 overall in their last three games heading into their meeting with the Celtics here on Friday.
The Pelicans are 6-0 against the spread in their last six games against a team with a losing record, and New Orleans is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games against the East. New Orleans is also 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games overall.
The Boston Celtics are 0-4 against the spread in their last four games following a loss, and Boston is 0-4 against the spread in their last four games following an ATS loss. The Celtics are also 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four games at home.
The Pelicans are the better team here, but I just don’t like them on the road. Boston has played their best ball at home, and getting points against the Pelicans, a team below .500 might give the Celtics the motivation they need to get a win here. Tough call, but the value here looks to be with the home team Celtics.