Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 1/16/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 1/16/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (22-20) at Boston Celtics (34-10)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics -4.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The New Orleans Pelicans and Boston Celtics meet Tuesday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The New Orleans Pelicans need another victory after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 111 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.7 points and 10.5 rebounds while DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 25.5 points and 12.6 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last eight road games. 

The Boston Celtics look for another victory to build on their seven-game winning streak. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 97.7 points on 43 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 24 points and five assists while Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.2 points and 5.7 rebounds. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won four straight home games.

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The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. The Celtics are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pelicans are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings, the underdog is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the under is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings.

The Boston Celtics continue to be one of the more consistent teams in the league and have had a ton of time off due to their return trip from London. The New Orleans Pelicans are hit or miss, and they simply don't have the defense to hang with the Celtics, one of the most balanced teams in the league. This is a game where New Orleans could easily get blown out. I'll take the Celtics and the reasonabel number.

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Randy’s Pick Boston Celtics -4.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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