The Los Angeles Clippers are on a roll and will look for another win in their upcoming game against the New Orleans Pelicans. This is these teams’ third and final meeting of the regular season after each team brought home a win apiece.
The Clippers took the first win with a 5-point victory, while the Pelicans closed off the second game by 20 points. On Monday, the Clippers will try to secure the last win of the three meetings as they head to the Smoothie King Center. Meanwhile, the Pelicans will continue to force wins and hope to secure a spot in the playoffs as the regular season comes to an end in a few weeks.
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Clippers vs. Pelicans Game Information
- When: Monday, April 26, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
- TV: NBA TV / ESPN
- Radio: 710 ESPNLA (Lakers) / 103.3 FM ESPN (Mavs)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Knicks +1.5 / OU: 215.5
Why Bet on the Los Angeles Clippers?
Kawhi Leonard will sit out this game for the LA Clippers as he continues to recover from a sore right foot. The team will also step into the court without Patrick Beverley and Serge Ibaka–two of which proved to be essential core players for the Clippers. But despite the lack of firepower, the team continues to hold their own, winning 11 of their last 12 games. As it stands, the team looks to extend their 4-game winning streak to 5 as they head to New Orleans.
Taking charge for the Clippers is Paul George, who is currently having an amazing season. The forward is averaging 33 points in his last eight games, so it’s safe for us to say that he will be carrying most of the scoring load for the Clips in the coming weeks.
Patrick Patterson, Ivica Zubac, and Reggie Jackson also chip in sizable amounts of points as all three players have been putting up double digits as of late. Furthermore, one of the latest additions to the roster, DeMarcus Cousins, added more strength to the team’s big man needs.
Why Bet on the New Orleans Pelicans?
The Pelicans will try to capitalize on the absence of Leonard and several key players as well as homecourt advantage. After struggling to find consistency in recent weeks, this is their time to bounce back and start getting important wins as the regular season comes to an end soon.
They face an even tougher challenge of climbing up the Western Conference standings after losing five of their last six outings. Nonetheless, if everything goes their way, it’s still possible for us to witness the Pelicans in the playoffs.
Brandon Ingram is one of the paramount players for the Pelicans. He is averaging 24.3 points and 4.9 assists per game. He also boasts a respectable 47% shooting from the floor with 38% shooting from beyond the arc. Of course, he works alongside Zion Williamson, who also holds his own with 27 points per game and a 61 FG% from the floor. Expect these two players to trigger the Pelican’s attacking.
Clippers vs. Pelicans Betting Trends
- The Clippers are 7-3 in their last 10 away games.
- The Clippers are 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games.
- The totals have gone under 6 times in the Clippers’ last 10 games.
- The Pelicans are 4-6 in their last 10 home games.
- The Pelicans are 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games.
- The totals have gone over 6 times in the Pelicans’ last 10 games.
Clippers vs. Pelicans Expert Betting Prediction
We anticipate the red-hot Clippers to make it difficult for the Pelicans. This match could feature intense attacking from both sides. Paul George is the standout scorer for the Clippers, and the defense should always keep an eye on him and prevent more open looks from happening. On the other hand, Ingram and Williamson are two threats that should not be overlooked by the in-form Clippers.
If the two gel well in this Clippers vs. Pelicans game, there’s no question that the latter can cover the spread. That being said, the Clippers can put up a fantastic performance on any given night, with it without Leonard.
Ultimately, the Clippers have the upper hand here, but the chances of the Pelicans pulling off a swift one is neve off the table.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.