Celtics vs. Pelicans - 1/12/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Orleans Pelicans (18-18) at Boston Celtics (12-23)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics +3 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, NBATV
The New Orleans Pelicans and Boston Celtics play Monday night at the TD Garden.
The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last 10 games and begin a five-game road trip. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 101.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 100.8 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 23.8 points and 10.5 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 16.8 points and 5.3 assists. Ryan Anderson is shooting 42.7 percent from the field and Jrue Holiday is dishing 7.3 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans continue to struggle with consistency as their offense and defense still can’t get on the same page. However, the Pelicans are playing solid offensively as of late, which includes 37 percent shooting from beyond the arc in their last five games. The Pelicans have won five of their last six when topping 100 points.
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The Boston Celtics have lost five of their last six games and play their third home game of the month. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 102.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting and are allowing 103.9 points on 45 percent shooting. Jared Sullinger is averaging 13.4 points and eight rebounds while Avery Bradley is averaging 13.2 points and 1.4 assists. Kelly Olynyk is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Evan Turner is dishing four assists. The Boston Celtics are in clear tanking mode despite still being in the playoff race, as they recently traded their top scorer in Jeff Green. The Celics are shooting just 42.2 percent from the field in their last five games. Jameer Nelson is questionable with an ankle injury.
The Pelicans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Celtics are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest. The underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Celtics don't even want to win games at this point and are now limited without Green on the court. The Pelicans should win this game rather easily.