Celtics vs Pelicans: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Monday November 26th, 8:00 pm ET
Smoothie King Center
Both Boston and New Orleans have taken their share of bumps and bruises through the early part of the season, with each team sitting at 10-10 on the year.
The Pelicans have lost three games in a row, and have been dreadful on the defensive end, ranking second to last in ppg. It doesn’t help that their best player, Anthony Davis, missed the team’s previous game with a hip injury, and his status is still unclear for Monday night’s contest against the Celtics. Julius Randle attempted his best “Brow” impersonation with AD side-lined. Randle went for 29 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists in the team’s ten-point loss to the Washington Wizards.
The Celtics are coming off of a loss of their own, a 113-104 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. While this loss is disappointing, this is not a singular issue for Boston. The Celtics have dropped 8 of their last 12 games, putting them at 10-10 on the season. Contrastingly, throughout the first 20 games last season, Boston racked up a record of 17-3.
Both teams are struggling at this point. For Boston, Gordon Heyward is a shell of his pre-injured self. Jaylen Brown, expected to take the pressure of Heyward while Gordon slowly worked himself back, is down in nearly every statistical category this season. Terry Rozier, a star in last season’s playoffs, has scored fewer than five points in four of his past six games. As bad as this is, New Orleans may be in a tougher situation. With AD side-lined, and rumblings of him wanting out of New Orleans, this three game skid may be the beginning of a downward spiral. Boston matches up well with the Pels. Kyrie should get to the hoop at ease against E’Twaun Moore, and 6’9 Julius Randle guarding the paint. Marcus Smart will cause headaches for Jrue Holiday, whom New Orleans will likely attempt to run their offense through.
Score prediction: Celtics win 114-111
- Boston Celtics at New Orleans Pelicans: Take Celtics (SU)
New Orleans will be without their best player in Anthony Davis. They rank second to last in team defense, and lack any presence down low when it comes to guarding the paint. Kyrie will be able to attack the rim at will, while Jayson Tatum’s mid-range game will excel.
In 35 regular season games between these two franchises, the Pelicans own a single game lead over the Celtics, with a record of 18-17. New Orleans swept Boston in the 2017-2018 season.
Head to Head
These two teams have faced off 82 times in the regular season, with Miami holding a huge lead over Toronto in the win column. Miami’s 22 game lead in the series comes in big part due to Toronto going winless against the Heat from 2010-2014.
- Boston is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU loss.
- Boston is 5-17 ATS in their last 22 road games.
- Boston is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- New Orleans is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Monday games.
- New Orleans is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. the Eastern Conference.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s past 5 games following a game where they allowed 100+ points.