Pelicans vs Cavaliers Prediction - NBA Picks 12/21/23

Cleveland Cavaliers (15-12) vs New Orleans Pelicans (16-12)

Game Info: Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers -1.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New Orleans Pelicans invade the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse to battle the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. Here’s a Pelicans vs Cavs Prediction.

New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans have been in fine form as they've won seven of their last 10 games overall, but they will be looking to bounce back in this one after having their four-game win streak halted by the Grizzlies in a 115-113 loss on Tuesday. Brandon Ingram led the team with 34 points and six assists on 11 of 18 shooting, Jonas Valanciunas added 22 points with 14 rebounds on nine of 12 shooting while CJ McCollum chipped in with 18 points and six assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 47 percent from the field and 11 of 25 from the 3-point line as they looked to be in full control after exploding for 39 points in the second quarter to jump out to a 24-point lead, only to get run down in the second half and lose at the buzzer thanks to a clutch shot from the Grizzlies' Ja Morant.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in pretty good form as they've won eight of their past 12 games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight win after beating the Jazz in a 124-116 home win last night. Sam Merrill led the team with 27 points on nine of 16 shooting off the bench, Caris LeVert added 23 points with seven assists, Max Strus scored 18 points while Jarrett Allen chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 46 percent from the field and a sizzling 23 of 51 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 36 points in the first quarter to take the early lead, but they couldn't put away the pesky Jazz until they opened the fourth quarter on a crucial 16-2 run to start to pull away.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Cavaliers rank 27th in the league for Q4 points per game this season (26.0).
  • The Cavaliers rank 27th in the league for H2 points per game this season (54.3).
  • The Pelicans rank 30th in the league for opponent three-point field goals attempts per game this season (39.3).
  • The Pelicans rank 1st in the league for Q2 opponent points per game this season (26.5).

Pelicans vs Cavs Prediction

The Pelicans could be shorthanded here with Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas and Herbert Jones all questionable with an illness, while the Cavaliers could again be missing Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell. Be sure to check out the lineups before tipoff as there are so many key players on the injury report, but the Cavaliers are playing their second game of a back to back set, so I'm leaning towards the Pelicans to pull off the minor upset in this spot.

 

Peter’s Pick New Orleans +1.5

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