New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Clippers - 8/1/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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New Orleans Pelicans (28-37) at Los Angeles Clippers (44-21)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -5 -- Over/Under: 226 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Clippers meet Saturday in NBA action at the HP Field House.
The New Orleans Pelicans need a bounce back showing after losing a heartbreaker on Thursday to the Utah Jazz. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 116 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 116.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 24.2 points and 4.2 assists while Zion Williamson is averaging 23.1 points and 6.5 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and JJ Redick is dishing two assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game.
The Los Angeles Clippers also look for a win after a last second loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 116 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 109.6 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 26.9 points and 7.2 rebounds while Paul George is averaging 21.2 points and 3.8 assists. Lou Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Montrezl Harrell is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.8 rebounds per game.
The Pelicans are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games as an underdog, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 23-11-1 ATS in their last 35 games overall. The Clippers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Pelicans last 5 Saturday games. The under is 4-1 in Clippers last 5 overall. The Pelicans are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
I'm worried about the New Orleans Pelicans ability to bounce back, as they were in control of that Jazz game for about three and a half quarters and let it slip away. A tough loss like that can really impact a young team that's fighting for a playoff spot. The Los Angeles Clippers are a more experienced team that will shake off its tough loss, and if anything, taking the Lakers down to the wire without Williams and Harrell was a victory in itself. The Pelicans are pretty much throwing away this season if they're not going to play Zion more than quarter and their defensive effort their last time out isn't encouraging when going up against a better Clippers side.
I'll lay the chalk with the Clippers.