A battle between two Western Conference teams that have playoff hopes for this season but only one achieving it so far takes place tonight in LA, when the Clippers (34-28) who are just half a win away from the 8th and final playoff spot, are hosting the New Orleans Pelicans (36-26), who are red-hot even without DeMarcus Cousins.
Date/Time: 03-06-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Clippers -2.5
Clippers are 34-28 so far and currently sit in the 9th place of the West. They are 4-1 in their last 5 and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Brooklyn at home with a 123-120 score. Lou Williams leads the team in scoring with 23.1 ppg, adding a team-best 5.4 dimes per game. Tobias Harris follows with 19 ppg and 6.8 boards, while Austin Rivers adds 15.7 ppg.
Top Basketball BookmakersPelicans are 36-26 so far and are currently tied with the Spurs and Wolves on the 4th place of the West. They have won their last 8 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Dallas on the road with a 126-109 score. Anthony Davis with leads the team in scoring 28 ppg, adding 11.1 boards per game. DeMarcus Cousins follows with 25.2 ppg, 5.2 assists and a team high 12.9 rebounds per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury.
Both teams split wins in their two previous matchups this year. New Orleans won at home by 8 points and Los Angeles on the road by 9 points. Clippers have an 18-13 home record this season, while Pelicans are 19-14 on the road. New Orleans have a better offense with 112.3 ppg to Los Angeles’ 109.1, while Los Angeles have a better defense, allowing 108 ppg to New Orleans’ 111.6. New Orleans have better accuracy both from the field, with 48.3% to Los Angeles’ 46.95% and from behind the arc with 36.3% to Los Angeles’ 35.26%. New Orleans are better in assists made, with a second-best of 26.4 to Los Angeles’ 22.4, while both teams grab almost the same number of rebounds per game (43.9 and 43.7). Both squads have been hot and streaky lately and almost equal in strength. Expect a close game where the home court advantage will be a major factor so pick Clippers for a home win by more than 3 points tonight.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers -2.5 (-111)