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L.A. Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 1/14/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Orleans Pelicans at L.A. Clippers
Date & Time Monday January 14, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)
Location
STAPLES Center
Los Angeles, CA
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles -2.5 -- Over/Under 239
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The New Orleans Pelicans pay a visit to the Los Angeles Clippers at the STAPLES Center on Monday night.

The New Orleans Pelicans have been building some momentum with five wins in their last eight games, but they will be looking to bounce back after having their three-game win streak halted by the Timberwolves in a 110-106 road loss on Saturday. Anthony Davis led the way with 30 points and 14 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 25 points with seven assists while Julius Randle chipped in with 22 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 45 percent from the field and five of 25 from the 3-point line as they poured in 89 points in the first three quarters, but they couldn’t buy a bucket when it mattered as they were held to just three points in the final 3:34 of the game. With the loss, New Orleans fell to 20-23 overall and 5-17 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers are searching for some consistency as they’ve won seven of their last 12 games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Pistons in a 109-104 home loss on Saturday. Danilo Gallinari led the team with 23 points, Lou Williams added 22 points off the bench while Montrezl Harrell chipped in with 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Clippers shot 48 percent from the field and nine of 18 from the 3-point line but they were always trailing after falling behind by double digits in the first quarter as they had no answer for former-Clipper Blake Griffin who poured in 44 points. With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 24-18 overall and 14-7 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, 2-6 ATS in their last eight against the Western Conference and 0-4 ATS in their last four road games against a team with a winning home record. The Clippers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight against the Western Conference and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.

Head to head, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings and the Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.

The Pelicans haven’t been at their best lately, especially on the road where they’ve lost seven of their last eight games, but you could say the same for the Clippers who are coming off a tough loss to the struggling Pistons. These teams have already battled in two close encounters this season with each team winning a game, so I’m expecting another close one. The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall, but I’m going with the Clippers to take the season series with a narrow win in a high scoring affair. 

Pick:
Los Angeles -2.5

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