New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/21/21

New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/21/21 Photo by Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics (15-14) at New Orleans Pelicans (12-17)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +3.5 -- Over/Under: 233 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans meet Sunday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.

The Boston Celtics need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 110.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 109.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Jaylen Brown is averaging 26 points and 3.4 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 25.6 points and 7.1 rebounds. Kemba Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Smart is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans need a win after losing five of their last six games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 114.6 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 115.1 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 24.4 points and 6.8 rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 24 points and 5.4 rebounds. Lonzo Ball is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Bledsoe is dishing 3.6 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 39.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game.

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The Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games. The Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 games as a road favorite. The over is 21-5 in Pelicans last 26 overall. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans.

Neither of these teams are playing to their potential and you have no idea what to expect from either side most nights. The Boston Celtics lose on the road by an average of 1.5 points while allowing 47.3 percent shooting from the field. The New Orleans Pelicans haven't had a great week, but they win at home by an average of 2.6 points while shooting 46.9 percent from the field. I'm not thrilled with either side here, but I'll grab the free bucket if forced to pick. 

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans +3.5

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

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