Pelicans vs. Celtics Prediction
Can the New Orleans Pelicans go on the road and upset the Boston Celtics when the two teams meet up tonight at 7:30PM ET?
513 New Orleans Pelicans at 514 Boston Celtics
Monday, December 10, 2018
7:30PM ET – TD Garden
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Celtics are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Pelicans. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 229.5 points. The public betting is currently unavailable for this game. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Pelicans staying at .500
New Orleans is coming off a 116-108 win at Detroit on Sunday, but the Pelicans have alternated wins and losses over their last eight games. New Orleans is now 14-14 overall, 4-10 on the road, 13-15 against the spread and 16-12 with the over.
The Pelicans have one of the top offenses in the NBA. They are averaging 118 points per game this season while shooting 48.2 percent from the field. Defensively, the Pelicans could be a lot better. New Orleans is allowing 115.6 points per game. Anthony Davis is leading the way with 26.9 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.96 blocks per game. Jrue Holiday is adding 21 points and 8.9 assists per game.
Celtics on a win streak
Boston has won five straight games coming into today. That includes a 133-77 win at Chicago on Saturday night. The Celtics are now 15-10 overall, 7-3 at home, 12-13 against the spread and 14-11 with the over. Boston has also covered the spread in five straight games.
The Celtics have one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, allowing just 102.9 points per game while holding opponents to 43.6 percent from the field and 32 percent from the 3-point line. Offensively, Boston is averaging 110.3 points per game on offense while shooting 36.6 percent from the arc. The team could be struggling in the paint tonight as centers Aron Baynes (ankle) and Al Horford (knee) are both questionable for this game. Kyrie Irving is leading the team this season with 21.8 points and 6.4 assists per game while Jayson Tatum is adding 16.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Pelicans are 24-11 against the spread in their last 35 games following a win and 1-4 ATS in their last five games when playing on no rest.
The Celtics are 21-6 against the spread in their last 27 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games against a team with a losing record.
The Pelicans could have the edge tonight with Boston dealing with a lot of injuries in the paint. However, New Orleans is playing its third game in four days while the Celtics are more rested. New Orleans just has been consistent at playing to its potential and I can’t trust them to do it on the road against a Boston team that has won all five in this streak by at least 9 points and four by at least 17.
NBA Prediction: Boston Celtics -6.5