New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers 3-25-23 NBA Analysis, Odds and Best Pick

New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers 3/25/23 РThe New Orleans Pelicans are striving to secure one of those Play-In spots this year, joining other teams between #4 and #12 seeds in the Western Conference. Saturday night brings them a game against #5 seeded LA Clippers as they attempt to maintain their position at the front of that cluster and potentially earn home court advantage during the first round. The L.A Clippers  are predicted to win the game on Saturday as per the best NBA betting lines.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers

Date & Time: Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 10:30 PM ET

Location: Crypto.com Arena

New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers Betting Odds

Pelicans

Moneyline: +167

Spread: +4.5 (-110)

Total: 224.5 over  (-110)

Clippers

Moneyline: -192

Spread: -4.5 (-110)

Total: 224.5 under  (-110)

New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers Analysis

The New Orleans Pelicans have clawed their way back into this playoff race with their current three-game winning streak, the last of which was a 115-96 triumph against Charlotte on Thursday. It marked the second straight game New Orleans held their opponents under 100 points; as this team ranks 6th in Defensive Efficiency this year – six spots better than where the Clippers currently stand. This trip to LA is the beginning of a harsh reality check for this New Orleans team as they face off against the Clippers, Blazers, Warriors and Nuggets before concluding their season at home against the Clippers, Kings, Grizzlies and Knicks before traveling to Minnesota for their season finale. Only Portland currently has a losing record out of those teams listed; should things not go their way on Saturday in LA it could signal the beginning of the end for this squad this year.

LA Clippers had split two home games against OKC earlier in the week, but their 127-105 triumph in their last outing was particularly remarkable given how quickly and decisively they took control of the game in the second half. After going into halftime tied, LA went on a +12 third quarter followed by an even stronger +10 fourth for an early victory that provided comfort to Clippers fans who worried how their team would perform without Paul George again. Over those final 24 minutes of play, LA outscored OKC 73-51; five players finished in double digits for LA–mostly non starters. Kawhi Leonard’s 32 points and Russell Westbrook’s 24 points led the way for LA in this game, but with George now out for some time it will be up to these two veterans to fill in on offense without George. They’ll be counted on to lead the Clippers against the Pelicans this time around; their 21-17 ATS record off wins this year suggests they could find success together.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers Against the Spread

Under is 4-0 in Pelicans last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. Under is 5-0 in Pelicans last 5 road games. Pelicans are 2-15 ATS in their last 17 Saturday games. Under is 7-1 in Pelicans last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. Under is 6-1 in Pelicans last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.

Under is 5-1 in Clippers last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. Over is 5-1 in Clippers last 6 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points. Clippers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record. Under is 4-1 in Clippers last 5 games following a straight up win.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers Free Pick

The New Orleans Pelicans have made progress lately, but still lack consistency. On the other hand, the Los Angeles Clippers have been playing their best ball at home and winning their last 5 games. Take L.A. Clippers to win and cover the spread according to NBA betting trends.

Free Pick: Los Angeles Clippers -4.5 (-110)