New Orleans Pelicans at Boston Celtics - 3/29/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans at Boston Celtics - 3/29/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics (23-23) vs New Orleans Pelicans (20-25)

Game Info: Monday, March 29, 2021 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -3.5 -- Over/Under: 230.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Celtics play host to the New Orleans Pelicans at the TD Garden on Monday night.

The New Orleans Pelicans have been in great form as they’ve won five of their past eight games and they will be looking to stay hot after taking down the shorthanded Mavericks in a 112-103 home win on Saturday. Zion Williamson led the team with 38 points with six assists on 13 of 20 shooting, Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 20 points while Brandon Ingram chipped in with 19 points. As a team, the Pelicans shot 51 percent from the field and nine of 26 from the 3-point line as they squandered an early 15-point lead, before pulling away with a pivotal 9-0 run late in the fourth quarter to escape with the hard-fought win.  

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics haven’t been at their best as they’ve lost five of their past eight games, but they will be aiming for a third straight victory after routing the Thunder in a 111-94 road win on Saturday. Jayson Tatum led the team with 27 points on 11 of 27 shooting, Jaylen Brown added 25 points on nine of 23 shooting while Payton Pritchard and Carson Edwards each scored 12 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 45 percent from the field and 12 of 38 from the 3-point line as they found themselves in a real battle with the Thunder, until the fourth quarter where they outscored the Thunder by 35-14 to win in a blowout.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games against a team with a winning home record and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Celtics are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record, 0-6 ATS in their last six games following a win of more than 10 points and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the under is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings in Boston and the Pelicans are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Boston.

The Pelicans are really starting to pick up steam now with Williamson leading the way with his efficient scoring, while the Celtics are suddenly looking pretty good after a couple of wins on the trot. This should be a close contest right till the end, but the Pelicans are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Boston and I think the Celtics edge them out at home.

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Peter’s Pick Boston -3.5

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