New Orleans Pelicans (36-37) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (39-35)
The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Friday, March 25, 2023, when the New Orleans Pelicans travel to take on the Los Angeles Clippers in this Western Conference battle at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles enters as a 5.0-point favorite, but the total was not available at the time of writing.
New Orleans won the only meeting between these teams this season, winning 112-91 in Los Angeles on October 30. The Pelicans trailed by 1.5 points in that game on a total of 226.0.
Pelicans squash hornets
The New Orleans Pelicans (36-37, 34-39-0 ATS) defeated the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday, 115-96. That was the third straight win for the team, which is now at 10.he in the Western Conference standings, tied with Dallas, Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City. New Orleans is 12-24 on the road this season, but is 1-3 in its last four road games and the team is 3-0 ATS in its last three games.
“I just wanted to set the tone,” Brandon Ingram said. “These games are important for us to be in the postseason. I’m just thinking that every possession has offense and defense, and there had to be a sense of urgency.”
triple double. no turnovers.
a look at the locker room after tonight’s win 🤝 pic.twitter.com/S1eDt1PHqi
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) March 24, 2023
Ingram finished with 30 points as he posted a triple-double with 11 rebounds and 10 assists. New Orleans jumped out to a 13-point lead in the first quarter, only to see Charlotte pull within five before the half. However, the Pelicans dominated the fourth quarter by earning the 19-point victory. A 52-38 rebounding advantage proved to be the difference in this game.
New Orleans is only 13he in the NBA in rebounds per game (43.6), and they’re right on that mark on the road this season (43.4). The club averages 113.5 points per away game and allows 116.5 points per game. They have held three of their last four road opponents to 114 points or less.
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Clippers get revenge on Thunder
The Los Angeles Clippers (39-35, 37-37-0 ATS) defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, 127-15. That was a bit of payback for the club, which had lost to Oklahoma City on Tuesday, 101-100. Los Angeles sits fifth in the Western Conference standings, tied with Phoenix and has a 1.0 game lead over Golden State. The Clippers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven.
“We have to run our business on the floor and keep adding wins for PG,” Bones Hyland said.
Klaw stays efficient ✋ pic.twitter.com/oPtAMq1DPX
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 24, 2023
Los Angeles shot 56.0% in the win, including 18-37 (48.6%) from three-point range. Kahwi Leonard had a great game, recording 32 points, six rebounds, and six assists. He made 13 of 15 shots. The Clippers held Oklahoma City to just 44.1% shooting as they came out of the half, outscoring Oklahoma City by 12 in the third quarter and by 10 in the final frame.
This is not a great offensive team, as Los Angeles has 22North Dakota in the NBA in points per game (112.9) and are only averaging 111.5 points per game at home this season. However, they have stepped up their game over the last five, averaging 117.2 per game while holding opponents to 109.4 per contest.
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The win over Oklahoma City was impressive, especially considering the team was missing Paul George, but he still found a way to dominate the contest. George will still be out of this game, but if Leonard continues to shoot like he has recently, this team should be fine. Leonard is averaging nearly 30 points per game over his last five contests, and he’s the type of player who can carry a team.
The Pelicans have been struggling on the road in recent weeks. They’re only 12-24 behind Louisiana this year. It is true that the team is on a three-game winning streak, but two of those wins came at home, where this team is much better. New Orleans is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 road games and is 3-7 ATS in its last 10. Los Angeles is 5-2 ATS in its last seven.
Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers at -5.0 (-110)
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No total was set at the time this preview was written, but these teams have gone down in four straight games and gone down in six of the last seven. In fact, they haven’t topped 220 points in any of the last four games, including scoring 203 on Oct. 30. These teams play tough, low-scoring games as they combine to allow 225.7 points per game, including just 214.2 per game. for the last five.
Look for a total of about 218 in this contest. If it’s anything above that, definitely take the bottom. Even with Leonard shooting well in his last five games, the loss of George should take some offense out of Los Angeles, and the absence of Zion Williamson for New Orleans won’t help them either.
Prediction: Go Under