Boston Celtics vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction NBA Picks 3/30/24

New Orleans Pelicans (45-28) vs Boston Celtics (57-16)

Game Info: Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 5:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans +4.5 -- Over/Under: 224 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans meet Saturday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Celtics vs Pelicans prediction.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics look to have cooled off from their nine-game win streak as they are now looking to recover after losing by 123-122 in overtime to the Hawks for the second loss in a row. Jayson Tatum led the team with 31 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, Derrick White added 22 points with seven rebounds and five assists, Kristaps Porzingis scored 20 points while Jaylen Brown chipped in with 18 points on nine of 17 shooting. As a team, the Celtics shot 47 percent from the field and 14 of 36 from the 3-point line as they failed to hold onto a three-point lead with 40.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, before they got pipped in overtime thanks to the Hawks' Dejounte Murray who drained the game-winner at the buzzer to cap off a 44-point performance.

New Orleans Pelicans

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have been in red-hot form as they've won 10 of their last 13 games overall and they will be eager to keep it going after sneaking past the Bucks in a 107-100 home win on Thursday. Zion Williamson led the way with 28 points on nine of 15 shooting, CJ McCollum added 25 points with seven assists while Trey Murphy tallied 15 points with 11 rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot just 39 percent from the field and eight of 32 from the 3-point line as they took control of the contest with a 35-20 second quarter domination to take an 18-point lead which was more than enough to hold off a late rally from the Bucks in the fourth quarter.

Celtics vs Pelicans prediction

The Celtics are still missing Jaden Springer for this one, while the Pelicans are still without Jose Alverado and Brandon Ingram. The Celtics are suddenly desperate for a win to get their season back on track after consecutive heartbreaking defeats to the Hawks. The Pelicans are coming into this one in season-best form after taking down the Bucks in their last outing. The Pelicans have every chance of pulling off the upset here as they are the team in better form, and they're playing at home. The Celtics will surely turn things around sooner rather than later, so I am taking them at the short line in this spot.

Peter’s Pick Boston -4.5

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