Pelicans vs Celtics Prediction and Odds
Pelicans vs Celtics Prediction and Odds: The Boston Celtics are favorites to win this game as per the bookmakers and stats. Injuries are likely to impact both sides.
The New Orleans Pelicans (25-16) have a tough matchup ahead as they are set to face the Boston Celtics (29-12) in the upcoming NBA fixture tonight. They are currently looking good in the 3rd position in the Western Conference. In the last game, the Pelicans secured a 132-112 away win against the Washington Wizards.
The Boston Celtics will aim for their fourth straight win when they host the Pelicans at TD Garden Arena this evening. They are currently leading the Eastern Conference. Boston is coming off a 107-99 win against the Chicago Bulls in the last fixture.
Pelicans vs Celtics Prediction: Last 5 Games Analysis
The New Orleans Pelicans have won 2 of the last 5 away games.
The Pelicans won against the Washington Wizards and Oklahoma City Thunder. The defeats came against teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, and Memphis Grizzlies.
In the last 5 away games
- The New Orleans Pelicans have averaged 117.8 points.
- The New Orleans Pelicans have conceded 120.0 points.
- Number of games that ended with a difference of 3 points or less: 1
- Number of games that ended with a difference of 4-10 points: 2
The Boston Celtics have won all their last 5 fixtures at home.
The Celtics won against the likes of the Chicago Bulls, LA Clippers, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Minnesota Timberwolves.
In the last 5 home games
- The Boston Celtics have averaged 121.8 points.
- The Boston Celtics have conceded 107.6 points.
- Number of games that ended with a difference of 3 points or less: 0
- Number of games that ended with a difference of 4-10 points: 2
The Celtics have been excellent at home this season, winning 16 out of 21 matchups.
Pelicans vs Celtics Prediction: Attack and Defense Comparisons
The New Orleans Pelicans are playing with an average of 117.4 points per game. In shooting, their success rate stands at 47.9% for field goals and 36.5% for 3-pointers. The Pelicans are rated 115.1 on offense with a rank of 7 in the league.
The Boston Celtics have maintained a scoring rate of 118.5 points per game in the current season. They shot 47.8% from the field and 37.1% from the 3-point line. The Celtics have the best offense ratings in the league. They are given an Adjusted Offensive Rating of 117.6.
The Celtics have the upper hand in the offense as per the stats.
The New Orleans Pelicans are conceding 113.0 points per game so far. They have rebounded with an average of 45.5 along with 8.7 steals and 4.4 blocks per game. The Pelicans have the 4th-best defense with an Adjusted Defensive Rating of 111.0.
The Boston Celtics have allowed 112.6 points per game as of now. They rebounded with an average of 44.0 per game. The average number of steals per game is currently at 6.5 while the average number of blocks per game stands at 5.4. The Celtics have been given the 8th rank in the defense with an Adjusted Defensive Rating of 111.8.
Both sides have been good in the defense. The New Orleans Pelicans are slightly ahead.
Pelicans vs Celtics Odds
- Boston Celtics -9.5 (-108)
- New Orleans Pelicans +9.5 (-110)
- Boston Celtics: -425
- New Orleans Pelicans: +370
- Boston Celtics: 75%
- New Orleans Pelicans: 25%
Pelicans vs Celtics Prediction: Last Game Analysis
Can the Pelicans avenge their home defeat against the Celtics this season?
The New Orleans Pelicans have struggled in the away fixtures. They have won 8 out of 11 fixtures on road till now. New Orleans already faced a home defeat to the Celtics this season.
New Orleans didn’t have the winning momentum as they lost four of their previous five matchups before the last away fixture against the Washington Wizards. But the Pelicans went all guns blazing and dominated Washington. They secured a lead in the second quarter and retained it till the end. A 15-0 run to start the fourth quarter eliminated any chances of a comeback from the Wizards. The Pelicans shot 52.7% from the field and 38.5% from the 3-point line. They also forced Washington to commit 20 turnovers which resulted in 39 points for New Orleans.
Zion Williamson missed another game for the Pelicans. In his absence, Kristaps Porzingis led the scoring with 23 points. He also added 10 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma gave a valuable contribution of 19 points with 8 rebounds.
Will the Celtics continue their dominance at home?
The Boston Celtics have looked just unstoppable in the last 5 home fixtures. Overall, their current home record stands at 16-5.
The Celtics were just too good for the Bulls in the last game. They outrebounded Chicago 50-42. However, Boston won’t be happy with their 3-pointer accuracy which dipped to 26.8%. LaVine’s 3-pointer put the Bulls ahead by 2 points late in the last quarter. But Tatum and Horford were brilliant in the closing minutes to help the Celtics snatch the lead back. Two back-to-back jumpers by Brown in the waning seconds ensured another home win for Boston.
Jayson Tatum ended another successful night with 32 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Grant Williams scored 20 points off the bench along with 8 rebounds.
Celtics vs Pelicans Prediction: Head-to-Head Stats
There have been 44 regular season games between these two teams in the NBA. The battle looks close as the Boston Celtics are leading with 23 wins, while the New Orleans Pelicans won 21 fixtures.
If we check out the last 5 meetings, 3 games were won by the Celtics and 2 by the Pelicans. The previous meeting took place this season on 18 November 2022. The Boston Celtics won that contest with a score of 117-109.
Celtics vs Pelicans Prediction: Players to Watch Out
Jayson Tatum (Small Forward)
Points Per Game: 30.8 | Rebounds Per Game: 8.1 | Assists Per Game: 4.2
Jaylen Brown (Shooting Guard)
Points Per Game: 26.8 | Rebounds Per Game: 6.9 | Steals Per Game: 1.1
Malcolm Brogdon (Point Guard)
Points Per Game: 13.4 | Rebounds Per Game: 4.1 | Assists Per Game: 3.9
New Orleans Pelicans
C.J. McCollum (Shooting Guard)
Points Per Game: 20.8 | Assists Per Game: 4.8 | Rebounds Per Game: 4.8
Jonas Valunciunas (Center)
Points Per Game: 14.1 | Rebounds Per Game: 9.7 | Assists Per Game: 1.7
Trey Murphy III (Shooting Guard)
Points Per Game: 12.4 | Rebounds Per Game: 3.9 | Assists Per Game: 1.3
Pelicans vs Celtics Winner Prediction
- Home Advantage: Celtics
- Offensive Advantage: Celtics
- Defensive Advantage: Pelicans
- Overall: Advantage Celtics
The New Orleans Pelicans will have no margin of error against the in-form Celtics. The absence of Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram can turn out to be a big disadvantage for the Pelicans in the upcoming game. On the other hand, the Boston Celtics will look to dominate the Pelicans from the opening minutes and secure another solid home win tonight. The Celtics are expected to win this fixture.