New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics 01/11/2020 NBA Spread and Picks
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics 01/11/2020 – The New Orleans Pelicans and the Boston Celtics will meet for the first time this season on Friday at the TD Garden. The Pelicans are currently the bottom team in the Southwest Division with a 14-25 slate but had won back-to-back games. The Celtics, on the other hand, suffered three straight losses and are hungry for a momentum-changing win. Best online sportsbooks set the spread at 8.5 points with the Celtics coming in as the home favorites.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics 01/11/2020
New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics 01/11/2020 Betting Odds
New Orleans Pelicans Betting
The New Orleans Pelicans are one of the best offensive teams in the league (113.1 points), but they are allowing opponents to score too many points (116.7 points allowed). Their defense has been the biggest issue for this young team. However, in the game against the Celtics, it is their offense that will be tested since they will be facing the No.1 defensive team in the NBA at 104.3 points allowed per game.
Players to watch: Brandon Ingram (25.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 4.1 APG)
Jrue Holiday (19.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 6.5 APG)
J.J. Redick (15.8 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.0 APG)
Boston Celtics Betting
The Boston Celtics’ recent setbacks are wakeup calls for Brad Stevens and his guys to improve their offense. Teams are beginning to predict their plays, so a change of scheme has become a necessity. Thankfully, Stevens is one of the best innovators in the game today. They should be just fine against the Pelicans unless another offensive meltdown takes place.
Players to watch: Kemba Walker (22.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 5.2 APG)
Jayson Tatum (20.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.8 APG)
Jaylen Brown (20.5 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.3 APG)
New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics 01/11/2020 Betting Numbers
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans are 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 games.
Boston are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
New Orleans Pelicans
JJ Redick SG Hamstring is downgraded to OUT Saturday vs Boston
New Orleans Pelicans vs Boston Celtics Betting Picks
The Pelicans have been a winning basketball team as of late, winning seven of their last 10 games. The Celtics, who are the NBA Moneyline and NBA spread favorites vs New Orleans, have dropped their last three games and look very vulnerable entering Saturday’s ballgame.
Moneyline: The Celtics are having another tough stretch, losing to a couple of sub. 500 teams (Wizards and the Spurs) and their elite Atlantic Division rivals (the Sixers). However, this shouldn’t be a cause of concern for bettors who picked them in NBA future betting. Every elite team faces these bumps once and a while. Although the Pelicans are playing really well, playing at TD Garden would help the Celtics snap this losing skid.
ATS: The Pelicans covered the spread in their last four games. I have a good feeling they will play hard against the Celtics once more, keeping the score tight until the final second. New Orleans will cover the 8-point spread.
TOTALs: The totals opened at 225 points. Although the Pelicans’ offense has been blowing up lately, I can see the Celtics defense to really make things harder for the visiting team. Expect Boston to hold New Orleans between 90s and lower 100s. I pick UNDER.
Score Prediction: 110 – 105 Celtics