Pelicans vs. Clippers Prediction & Odds
The ninth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans head to L.A. to take on the fourth-seeded Clippers on Saturday night at 10:30 PM ET. Can the Clippers cover the 5-point spread as home favorites?
The New Orleans Pelicans are 36-37 on the season. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Pelicans are 34-38-1 ATS on the year.
The Los Angeles Clippers are 39-35 on the season. They’re 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Clippers are 37-37 ATS on the year.
Game Matchup & Betting Odds
559 New Orleans Pelicans (+5) at 560 Los Angeles Clippers (-5); O/U 224.5
10:30 PM ET, Saturday, March 25, 2023
Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Pelicans vs. Clippers Public Betting Information
Our NBA Public Betting Information page indicates that 55% of public bettors are currently backing the Pelicans +5 in this contest. Note that these numbers are subject to change, so be sure to check the link to receive the most up-to-date public betting data.
New Orleans Pelicans DFS Spin
The Pelicans will be without power forward Zion Williamson and point guard Jose Alvarado on Saturday night. Williamson has a hamstring injury and Alvarado has a shin ailment. New Orleans guard Trey Murphy III is dealing with a toe injury and he’s officially listed as questionable for Saturday’s tilt with the Clippers.
Pelicans guard CJ McCollum has been one of New Orleans’ best players this season. The former Portland Trail Blazer is posting 21 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 2.8 made three-pointers per game this year. He might be a nice DFS pick if the price is right on Saturday.
Los Angeles Clippers DFS Spin
The Clippers will be without two of their top three scorers on Saturday night. Paul George is out with a right knee sprain and Norman Powell is out with a left shoulder subluxation. George is averaging 23.8 points per game and Powell is pouring in 16.6 points per game for the Clippers this season.
Clippers point guard Russell Westbrook may see more shot attempts due to the absence of Paul George and Norman Powell on Saturday. In L.A.’s 127-105 win over Oklahoma City on Thursday night, Westbrook recorded 24 points and 7 assists while converting 8 of 13 shot attempts from the field. He could help your DFS squad if you’re looking to save money under the salary cap at the point guard spot on Saturday.
Pelicans vs. Clippers NBA Betting Trends
New Orleans is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest.
New Orleans is 39-17 ATS in their last 56 games against Los Angeles.
Los Angeles is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 day of rest.
The under is 30-11 in Los Angeles’ last 41 home games.
Pelicans vs. Clippers NBA Prediction
The story of this game will likely be the absence of Paul George and Norman Powell for the Clippers. In L.A.’s first game without Paul George, they beat Oklahoma City by 22 points. The problem is, the Clippers needed 11 made three-pointers from their bench players to do it. New Orleans leads the NBA in opponent three-point field goal percentage. The Pelicans’ opponents are only converting 33.8% of their treys this season.
For New Orleans, Brandon Ingram appears to be fully back from the toe injury that caused him to miss two months earlier this season. Ingram is averaging 26 points per game on 52.1% shooting in nine games this month, and he has a chance to be one of the best players on the floor on Saturday. I think the Pelicans keep this game competitive right up until the end. I’ll take New Orleans and the points on the road.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: NEW ORLEANS PELICANS +5