New Orleans Pelicans (36-26) at Los Angeles Clippers (34-28)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -3 -- Over/Under: 236 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans invade the STAPLES Center to battle the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.
The New Orleans Pelicans have been on a tear lately as they’ve reeled off eight straight wins and they will be looking for a sixth straight road win after blowing past the Mavericks in a 126-109 road win on Sunday. Jrue Holiday led the team with 30 points and seven assists while shooting 12 of 19 from the field, Nikola Mirotic added 24 points while Anthony Davis chipped in with 23 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. As a team, the Pelicans shot 53 percent from the field and 12 of 26 from the three-point line as they dominated right from the tipoff and stormed out to lead by 65-49 going into halftime before cruising in the second half. With the win, New Orleans improved to 36-26 overall and 19-14 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have won 11 of their last 15 games and they will be aiming for a third straight win after sneaking past the Nets in a 123-120 home win on Sunday. Austin Rivers led the team with 27 points, Tobias Harris added 26 points, Lou Williams scored 21 points while DeAndre Jordan chipped in with 17 points and 15 rebounds. As a team, the Clippers shot 52 percent from the field and 10 of 27 from the three-point line as they rallied to finish on top after trailing by as many as eight points with less than three minutes on the clock. With the win, Los Angeles improved to 34-28 overall and 18-13 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. Meanwhile, the Clippers are 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games, 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 games following a win and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Los Angeles and the Pelicans are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in Los Angeles.
Most people thought the Pelicans were done with DeMarcus Cousins went down but they’ve strung together eight straight wins and are now sitting pretty at fourth place in the Western Conference standings. The Clippers have been playing well themselves and need this win to stay in contention for the eighth spot in the standings, but the Pelicans have covered in each of their last five road games and I think that trend continues as the Pelicans pull off the upset in a shootout.