Boston Celtics (47-22) at New Orleans Pelicans (39-30)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -1 -- Over/Under: 215.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Boston Celtics and the New Orleans Pelicans do battle at the Smoothie King Center on Sunday.
The Boston Celtics have won seven of their past 10 games and they will be looking to build on Friday’s 92-83 win at Orlando. Terry Rozier and Greg Monroe each scored 17 points, Al Horford added 15 points on six of 18 shooting while Shane Larkin chipped in with 10 points off the bench. As a team, the Celtics shot 37 percent from the field and nine of 26 from the three-point line as they dominated the Magic for most of the game to lead by as many as 24 points in the third quarter before the Magic went on a run in the fourth quarter to keep the final scores respectable. With the win, Boston improved to 47-22 overall which currently leaves them five games out of the top seed in the Eastern Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have really cooled off since their 10-game win streak as they’ve now lost four of their last five games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss after last night’s 107-101 home loss to the Rockets. Anthony Davis led the team with 26 points and 13 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 19 points with eight assists while Ian Clark chipped in with 17 points on eight of nine shooting off the bench. As a team, the Pelicans shot 50 percent from the field and eight of 24 from the three-point line but their offense really stalled against the Rockets’ defense, especially in the third quarter where they trailed by as many as 20 points. With the loss, New Orleans dropped to 39-30 overall which is currently good for eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 50-24-2 ATS in their last 76 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five Sunday games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall. Meanwhile, the Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the underdog is 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
The Celtics are still expected to be without Kyrie and other key roll players, while Jrue Holiday is expected to play through his injury. Without Kyrie, the Celtics aren't exactly a good basketball team, and the Pelicans need all the wins they can get to keep the Clippers off their tail for the last playoff spot in the East. New Orleans and this toss-up line seems like the right side.