Pelicans vs Celtics Prediction NBA Picks 1/29/24

Boston Celtics (35-10) vs New Orleans Pelicans (26-19)

Game Info: Monday, January 29, 2024 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

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

The New Orleans Pelicans invade the TD Garden to take on the Boston Celtics on Monday night. Here’s a Pelicans vs Celtics Prediction.

New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans have been in a rut as they've lost three of their last four games overall and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after getting run over by the Bucks in a 141-117 road defeat on Saturday. Brandon Ingram led the team with 26 points, Zion Williamson added 23 points while Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 47 percent from the field and nine of 23 from the 3-point line, but they had no answer for the Bucks' starters and were always fighting an uphill battle after allowing 75 points in the first half. The Pelicans trailed in this one by as many as 34 points and CJ McCollum finished with just seven points on two of seven shooting.

New Orleans Pelicans Player Facts

  • C.J. McCollum ranks 4th amongst qualified players for three-pointers made Per Game (3.5) this season.
  • Zion Williamson ranks 3rd amongst qualified Forwards for FG% (58.9%) this season.

Boston Celtics

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in fine form as they've won six of their last eight games overall, but they will be hoping to bounce back here after having their three-game win streak halted by the surging Clippers in a 115-96 loss on Saturday. Jayson Tatum led the team with 21 points and 11 rebounds, Payton Pritchard added 12 points while Luke Kornet chipped in with 11 points but no other player scored more than eight points. As a team, the Celtics shot just 36 percent from the fieldl and 10 of 40 from the 3-point line as they struggled to find their offense, scoring just 18 points in the second quarter to fall behind by double digits and things only got worse in the second half. Jrue Holiday scored just seven points on two of 11 shooting, Derrick White scored just two points on zero of eight shooting while Al Horford finished scoreless on zero of five shooting.

Boston Celtics Player Facts

  • Jayson Tatum ranks 2nd amongst qualified Guards for rebounds per game (8.4) this season.
  • Jaylen Brown ranks 13th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for points per game (22.6) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for point differential per game this season (+9.6).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for rebounds per game this season (47.5).
  • The Pelicans rank 30th in the league for opponent three-point field goals attempts per game this season (39.2).
  • The Pelicans rank 1st in the league for Q2 opponent points per game this season (26.3).

Pelicans vs Celtics Prediction

Like the Celtics – Clippers matchup, this line is strange. The New Orleans Pelicans are too talented of a team to just throw this sort of line, regardless of how good the Celtics may be at home. Also, the Celtics could be without Porzingis and Horford for this game. The Pelicans have a winning record on the road, they’re healthy, and they’re 25-20-1 ATS on the season. I’ll grab my free points in this spot.

Peter’s Pick Pelicans +7.5

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