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Clippers vs. Pelicans - 12/6/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans (8-9) at Los Angeles Clippers (13-5)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -9 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN, FSW2

The New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Clippers play Saturday at STAPLES Center.

The New Orleans Pelicans have lost four of their last five games and are losing progress in the standings. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 100.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting and are allowing 99.9 points on 46 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 25.2 points and 11.5 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 15.6 points and 5.9 assists. Jrue Holiday is averaging 6.5 assists per game and Ryan Anderson is shooting 41 percent from the field. The New Orleans Pelicans offense has really fallen off a cliff during their losing stretch, as they’re shooting just 41.1 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. The Pelicans need to pick things up offensively, as they’re 8-2 SU this season when scoring 100-plus points.

Clippers vs. Pelicans - 12/6/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Clippers are finally playing like a playoff contender with six straight wins. The Clippers are averaging 105.6 points on 48.3 percent shooting and are allowing 98.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 22.5 points and 7.6 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 17.9 points and 9.5 assists. Jamal Crawford is shooting 44.5 percent from the field and DeAndre Jordan is averaging 11.9 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have really improved during this stretch, shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from deep in their last five games. The Clippers defense has also made strides, holding teams to 42.7 percent shooting and they’ve won seven straight games when allowing less than 100 points.

The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Clippers are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pelicans are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles and 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings overall.

Even with the Clippers improve play, they've been brutal against the number on their home court. Meanwhile, the Pelicans have owned LA against the spread over the years and could use a marquee win to get back on track. Give me New Orleans and the points in what should be a well played game. 

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New Orleans Pelicans +9

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