CJ McCollum’s New Orleans Pelicans (36-37) will look to earn an upset of Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers (39-35) on March 25, 2023. The Clippers are a 4.5-point favorite. A 224.5-point total has been set for the matchup.
Clippers vs. Pelicans Odds
- Clippers odds to win: -191
- Pelicans odds to win: +162
- Spread: Clippers (-4.5)
- Total: 224.5
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Game Time and Information
- When: Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 10:30 PM ET
- Where: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California
- TV: BSNO and BSSC
Who Will Win Clippers vs. Pelicans?
Clippers and Pelicans Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
In games they have played as at least 4.5-point favorites this season, the Clippers are 16-15 against the spread.
In games they have played as at least 4.5-point underdogs this year, the Pelicans are 2-12-1 against the spread.
The Clippers and the Pelicans combine to average 2.4 more points per game than the over/under of 224.5 set for this matchup.
Los Angeles and New Orleans have seen its opponents average a combined 0.6 more points per game than the over/under of 224.5 set for this game.
The average total for Clippers games this season is 0.7 more points than the total of 224.5 in this game.
The average point total for New Orleans this year is 2.3 points higher than this game’s over/under.
Los Angeles’ ATS record is 37-37-0 this season.
The Pelicans are 34-38-1 against the spread this season.
Clippers Stats & Insights
The Clippers average 112.9 points per game (21st in the league) while giving up 112.3 per contest (eighth in the NBA). They have a +40 scoring differential overall.
The Clippers record 43.5 rebounds per game (14th in the league) compared to the 43.2 of their opponents.
Los Angeles knocks down 12.6 three-pointers per game (11th in the league) compared to its opponents’ 12.2. It shoots 37.7% from deep while its opponents hit 36.1% from long range.
The Clippers average 111.9 points per 100 possessions on offense (15th in the league), and give up 111.5 points per 100 possessions (14th in the NBA).
So far in 2022-23, the Clippers’ offense has been worse at home, where they score 111.5 points per game, compared to on the road, where they score 114.2 per game. On defense, they have been much tougher in home games, where they give up 109.4 points per game, versus on the road, where they let their opponents to score 115.2 per game.
Pelicans Stats & Insights
The Pelicans’ +92 scoring differential (outscoring opponents by 1.2 points per game) is a result of putting up 114.0 points per game (16th in NBA) while allowing 112.8 per outing (11th in league).
The 43.6 rebounds per game New Orleans accumulates rank 13th in the league, 1.4 more than the 42.2 its opponents grab.
The Pelicans make 10.9 three-pointers per game (23rd in the league) while shooting 35.6% from deep (18th in NBA). They are making 1.3 fewer threes than their opponents, who drain 12.2 per game at 33.8%.
The Pelicans average 111.3 points per 100 possessions on offense (20th in league), and give up 110.0 points per 100 possessions (seventh in NBA).
In 2022-23 New Orleans is scoring 1.0 more points per game at home (114.5) than away (113.5).
Clippers Key Players to Watch
The scoring leader for the Clippers this season is Leonard (among active players), who averages 23.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game.
Ivica Zubac adds 10.5 points, 1.1 assists and 10.1 rebounds per outing. Russell Westbrook puts up 15.6 points, 7.5 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game.
Eric Gordon makes more threes per game than any other (active) member of the Clippers, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 1.8 per contest.
Westbrook averages 1.1 steals per game, while Zubac has 1.3 blocks per contest.
Pelicans Key Players to Watch
McCollum holds the top spot on the Pelicans scoring and assist lists among active players, tallying 21.0 points and 5.9 assists per game.
Jonas Valanciunas’ per-game averages this season are 14.3 points, 1.7 assists and 9.9 rebounds.
McCollum makes 2.8 treys per game.
The Pelicans’ defensive effort gets a lift from Herbert Jones (1.6 steals per game) and Valanciunas (0.6 blocks per game).
Clippers vs. Pelicans Prediction
- Pick ATS: Pelicans (+ 4.5)
- Pick OU:
Clippers 114 – Pelicans 111
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