Clippers at Pelicans - 12/31/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (20-13) at New Orleans Pelicans (10-21)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -3 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSW2, FSN
The Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans play New Year’s Eve at the Smoothie King Center.
The Los Angeles Clippers look to build on their four-game winning streak. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 102.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 100.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Chris Paul is averaging 17.7 points and nine assists while J.J. Redick is averaging 15.5 points and 1.6 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.2 rebounds and Jamal Crawford is dishing 2.2 assists. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Clippers are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.1 turnovers per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have won seven of their last 10 road games.
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The New Orleans Pelicans need a big win after splitting their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 102.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 107 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 23.5 points and 10.9 rebounds while Ryan Anderson is averaging 16.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Eric Gordon is dishing 2.7 assists and Tyreke Evans is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Pelicans are allowing 39.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.6 turnovers per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won three straight home games.
The Clippers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. Western Conference. The Pelicans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Pacific and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Clippers are 3-14 ATS in the last 17 meetings in New Orleans and 9-22 ATS in the last 31 meetings overall.
I know the Clippers are banged up and they played last night, but I'm not eating chalk with this Pelicans team. The Clippers are rolling on the road and still have a better roster than New Orleans. Give me the better team and the free bucket.