LA Clippers vs New Orleans Pelicans

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The New Orleans Pelicans, fresh off a 34-point win against Cleveland, will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night in the NBA. Both teams broke a three-game losing streak in their respective previous games.

Clippers start second half with aplomb

Season form

The Clippers ended a three-game losing streak when they razed the Golden State Warriors 130-104 in the previous game. They are now 25-14 for the season. They have also enjoyed a couple of days off after that win.

As reported by AP: Patrick Beverley played just 10 minutes because of a sore right knee. Their 45 points in the third were the most scored in a quarter since they had 47 in the second against the Knicks on Jan. 5, 2020. George passed Steve Nash for sole possession of 25th all-time with his 1,686th career 3-pointer in the third quarter. Lou Williams scored 14 points in 14 minutes. Allowed 43 points in the first half, tying the fewest points given up in the first half this season.

What was said?

“We’ve just got to keep improving,” Leonard said. “We’re not where we want to be. Just being focused and just being ready to adjust and just try to come out and hit first in the second half.”

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Pels blow out Cavs to break losing run

Season form

The Pelicans also broke a three-game losing streak in the previous game by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-82. They are still well below 0.500, currently at 16-22 for the season, fourth in the Southwest division.

What was said?

“It’s a pretty natural response,” Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We were all embarrassed. I was embarrassed. They were embarrassed. … Our guys are resilient and they respond to games like that pretty well, but you just don’t want to have to have a response.”

According to AP, Ingram played just 25 minutes and Williamson 18 because of how lopsided the game became. Steven Adams had 10 points and 17 rebounds in his 21 minutes on the court.

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The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Clippers have been much better than the Pels this season. But more importantly, they have also been more consistent. They will have a personnel advantage despite a young, bright core group of players for New Orleans. In the end, you might notice that this two-possession handicap isn’t a lot. I’d back Kawhi, PG and the rest of a fired-up Clippers team to be too strong for Zion, Ingram and a slightly unpredictable Pelicans unit.

Prediction:
Los Angeles Clippers -5.5

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Pelicans are currently scoring 115 points per game, sixth in the NBA. The Clippers are also scoring 115.2 points per game, fifth in the NBA. Even if both teams meet their stellar season averages, it’s still well below the handicap. It’s not even about that. This is a massive handicap, on paper. It can obviously be surpassed with two high-powered offenses but this requires almost 60 points a quarter and five points a minute. From a probability standpoint, the under is far more likely.

Prediction:
Under 236.5