Clippers vs Pelicans: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – March 14, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on March 14, 2021 - Last Updated on March 17, 2021

The Los Angeles Clippers (25-14) are 5.5-point favorites as they attempt to break a three-game road losing streak when they square off against the New Orleans Pelicans (16-22) on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at Smoothie King Center. The contest airs at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN. The point total is set at 236.5 for the matchup.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of March 14, 2021, 1:05 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Clippers vs Pelicans Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of March 14

Clippers:
Patrick Beverley: Out (Knee)

Pelicans:
JJ Redick: Out (Heel)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Pelicans (+5.5)
Total Pick Under (236.5)
Prediction Clippers 116, Pelicans 112

The spread for this game suggested by the model (3.6 points) is a little tighter than the 5.5-point edge DraftKings gives to the Clippers, though the data still has them as the favorite.

The DraftKings point total for this game is more than two possessions higher (9.1 points) than the model projection. Put your money on the under.

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Clippers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Kawhi Leonard 31 26.7 6.4 4.8 1.5 0.5 2.1
Paul George 28 23.5 6.1 5.4 1.2 0.5 3.5
Lou Williams 36 12.6 2.3 3.7 0.9 0.1 1.1
Marcus Morris 29 12.2 3.7 0.9 0.5 0.3 2.3
Serge Ibaka 38 11.2 6.8 1.8 0.2 1.2 1.0

Pelicans Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Zion Williamson 36 25.5 7.1 3.3 0.9 0.7 0.2
Brandon Ingram 38 23.7 5.1 4.7 0.7 0.8 2.3
Lonzo Ball 35 14.1 4.1 5.2 1.3 0.6 2.9
Eric Bledsoe 37 11.9 3.4 3.8 0.8 0.3 1.9
Josh Hart 38 9.0 7.4 2.0 0.7 0.2 1.3

Shooting Trends

  • The Clippers make 48.3% of their shots from the field this season, which is one percentage point higher than the Pelicans have allowed to their opponents (47.3%).
  • Los Angeles is 18-7 against the spread and 21-4 overall when it shoots better than 47.3% from the field.
  • New Orleans has a 14-8 record against the spread and a 14-8 record overall when allowing its opponents to make more than 48.3% of their shots from the field.
  • The Pelicans are shooting 48.2% from the field, 1.5% higher than the 46.7% the Clippers’ opponents have shot this season.
  • New Orleans has compiled a 13-11 record against the spread and a 12-12 straight up record in games it shoots above 46.7% from the field.
  • Los Angeles is 18-11 against the spread and 21-8 overall in games it allows opponents to shoot above 48.2% from the field.
  • The Clippers’ 42% three-point shooting percentage this season is 2.8 percentage points higher than opponents of the Pelicans have shot from deep (39.2%).
  • Los Angeles has put together a 16-11 record against the spread and a 19-8 straight-up record in games this season when the team knocks down more than 39.2% of its three-point attempts.
  • New Orleans is 15-10 against the spread and 16-9 overall when its opponents shoot better than 42% from deep.
  • The Pelicans shoot 35.3% from three-point distance this season. That’s 0.5 percentage points lower than the Clippers have allowed their opponents to shoot from deep (35.8%).
  • New Orleans is 12-6 ATS and 13-5 overall when the team hits more than 35.8% of its three-point attempts.
  • Los Angeles has a 15-6 ATS record and a 16-5 straight-up record in games this season it has shot better than 35.3% from three-point distance.
  • The Clippers hit 14.5 three-pointers per game this season, 3.6 more made shots on average than the 10.9 per game the Pelicans give up.
  • Los Angeles has gone 19-9 against the spread and 22-6 overall this season in games it has out-shot its opponents from the three-point line. When New Orleans hits fewer three-pointers than its opponents, it is 8-20 ATS and 9-20 straight up.
  • The Pelicans make the 24th-most three-pointers in the league, while the Clippers allow the sixth-fewest makes from beyond the arc.

Clippers vs Pelicans Stat Rankings

Clippers Rank Clippers AVG Pelicans AVG Pelicans Rank
5th 115.2 Points Scored 112.3 6th
6th 109.3 Points Allowed 115.4 27th
24th 44.5 Rebounds 45.7 3rd
18th 9.5 Off. Rebounds 11.8 1st
6th 14.5 3pt Made 10.9 24th
17th 24.4 Assists 25 12th
4th 12.5 Turnovers 13 14th

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