Celtics vs Pelicans Prediction NBA Picks Today 1/29

Celtics vs Pelicans Prediction NBA Picks Today 1/29

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Pelicans vs. Celtics Preview - Prediction KingPin Pro

Boston, MA; January 29, 2024, 5:30 p.m. EST

 

Game Odds

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Time Spread Total ML
5:30 PM +8.5 (-115) o232.5 (-110) +270
- -8.5 (-105) u232.5 (-110) -340

 

Game Overview

Excitement fills the air as the New Orleans Pelicans (26-20) take on the Boston Celtics (35-11) on January 29, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. EST. In this preview, we'll delve into team statistics, player performances, and the reasons for our prediction.

The TD Garden in Boston sets the stage for this clash between Western and Eastern Conference contenders, and we anticipate a competitive battle between two playoff-bound teams.

 

Team Statistics

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans, led by the scoring prowess of Zion Williamson, have had a solid season with a 26-20 record. Despite a recent setback against the Milwaukee Bucks, Williamson's 21.9 points per game and strong shooting percentages make the Pelicans a formidable opponent. The Pelicans aim to showcase their resilience and offensive capabilities against the Celtics.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics, currently leading the Eastern Conference, boast a 35-11 record and have been dominant at home with a 20-2 record. Jayson Tatum's outstanding performances, averaging 26.8 points per game, have been crucial to their success. The Celtics, however, are coming off a recent loss to the LA Clippers and will look to bounce back against the Pelicans.

 

Injuries and Player Matchups

Both teams face uncertainties with key players, potentially impacting the outcome of the game.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans have a clean injury report, giving them the advantage of a fully healthy lineup heading into this matchup.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics have game-time decisions for Luke Kornet, Kristaps Porzingis, and Al Horford on January 29. These uncertainties may create opportunities for the Pelicans to exploit potential weaknesses in the Celtics' frontcourt.

 

Recent Performances

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans are coming off a 141-117 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, but their previous wins against teams like the Utah Jazz and Charlotte Hornets showcase their offensive capabilities. The Pelicans will aim to bounce back and showcase their resilience against the Celtics.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics suffered a recent loss to the LA Clippers but have had a strong overall season. With convincing wins against the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks, the Celtics aim to re-establish their dominance at home against the Pelicans.

 

Prediction

Despite the Celtics' strong home record and the potential return of key players, we predict that the New Orleans Pelicans will cover the +8.5 points spread. The Pelicans, led by Zion Williamson, have the offensive firepower to keep the game competitive, and the uncertainties in the Celtics' lineup may create opportunities for the Pelicans to capitalize.

While the Celtics are favorites, the Pelicans' ability to score consistently and their recent performances against strong opponents make them a strong candidate to cover the spread. The Pelicans will aim to control the pace of the game and capitalize on any defensive gaps that may arise in the Celtics' lineup.

Pick: New Orleans Pelicans +8.5

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