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Boston Celtics vs New Orleans Pelicans: Betting Tips, Prediction & Betting Odds

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Boston Celtics vs New Orleans Pelicans - Prediction And Betting Odds

Dare we say the Boston Celtics are in a crisis? For only the 3rd time this season they’re on a 2-game losing streak, having dropped back-to-back games to the Atlanta Hawks. The Cs went into both games as favorites by 10.5 and 15.5 points, but execution down the stretch was an issue and they just couldn’t bring it home. Everyone is waiting for a response in tonight’s game at New Orleans, especially since Boston won the first meeting 118-112. This time around they’re only 5.5 point favorites which is much more realistic than the previous two games. Aside from a couple of marginal role players being questionable, the Celtics are pretty much at full strength here, playing one of the top teams in the West will be just the challenge they need.

New Orleans actually surprised a lot of people with their 107-100 victory over the Bucks on Thursday. Not having Brandon Ingram didn’t deter them from beating the 2nd best team in the East. Zion Williamson continued his stellar play with 28 points on 9-for-15 from the field. All 5 Pelicans starters scored in double-figures, although they shot under 40% they were still able to win the game. And that’s the strength of this team – when the shot isn’t falling they are still able to win games, mainly thanks to their defensive effort. In the last 10 games they’re 8th in defensive efficiency, holding teams to under 110 points per 100 possessions. Can they do the same vs Boston tonight? They enter the game on a 5-game win streak vs Atlantic Division opponents and a run of 8 wins in 10 games vs Eastern Conference teams.


Celtics -5.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

Boston is yet to lose 3 games in a row this season, I’m expecting a response in this game following those two embarrassing defeats at Atlanta. The Pels have been really solid, but you can’t expect them to beat the best team in the NBA without their 2nd best player Ingram here. Back Boston to cover.

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Boston Celtics vs New Orleans Pelicans TOTAL POINTS PREDICTION: UNDER 224

Under 224 Total Points is available at -110 odds

The last time these two teams played back in late January we saw a total of 230 points scored, however recent head-to-head meetings have trended towards the under. That bet has cashed in 5 of the last 6 games between the two teams, plus in 6 of Boston’s last 8 visits to the Smoothie King Center. With Ingram out of the line-up, the Pelicans are having difficulties scoring the basketball at a high efficiency level, that could become even more visible against the top defense we have in the NBA. After back-to-back 120+ points allowed vs Atlanta, the Celtics defense will have to tighten up here. In their last 10 games opponents are putting up 114.1 points per 100 possessions on them, that’s only the 16th best mark in the entire NBA. Bringing down the pace could be an option, they’ve done a solid job at that lately ranking just 26th in pace at an average of 94.4 possessions per game. With the under cashing in 13 of the last 17 Pelicans games, I think we have enough reasons to back that bet in tonight’s game as well.

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