Riding a three-game winning streak following a 138-100 win over the Toronto Raptors, the New Orleans Pelicans have tied a season-high at eight games over .500. New Orleans will start a three-game west coast road trip on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers are the hottest team in the Western Conference having won nine of their last 10 games and 17 of their last 20 overall. Los Angeles won the final four games of its road trip after Monday’s 149-144 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Do they cover the spread in their return to Crytpo.com Arena?
Here’s the betting preview for Wednesday’s matchup with a best bet.
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Pelicans vs. Clippers odds, spread and total
Pelicans vs. Clippers how to watch
- Date: Wednesday, Feb. 8
- Game time: 10 p.m. EST
- Venue: Crypto.com Arena
- How to watch (TV): ESPN
- Pelicans record: 29-21
- Clippers record: 34-15
Pelicans vs. Clippers injury reports
New Orleans Pelicans
- Naji Marshall (lower back): questionable
- Zion Williamson (foot): questionable
Los Angeles Clippers
- No injuries to report
Pelicans vs. Clippers key players to watch
Brandon Ingram: The veteran small forward shot less than 50% from the field in back-to-back games before exploding on Monday. Ingram had his second 40-point game of the season against the Raptors. The Duke product had a season-high 41 points on 16-of-21 shooting and went 8-of-11 from 3-point range to go with nine assists and six rebounds.
James Harden: The 10-time All-Star selection and former Most Valuable Player might be averaging his lowest amount of points per game (17.3) since the 2011-12 season (16.8), but he’s playing his role well in the Clippers’ star-studded lineup. Harden is fifth in the NBA in assists this season (8.6) and has grabbed seven or more rebounds in six of the last seven games.
Pelicans vs. Clippers prediction and pick
Is it wise to try to get in front of the Clippers right now? Los Angeles is 14-5 ATS over its last 19 games. The Clippers are No. 3 in offensive rating and No. 6 in the NBA in scoring offense (118.8).
Still, the Pelicans’ offense has been better outside of New Orleans, ranking 10th in the NBA in scoring on the road (116.8). New Orleans also has the defense to slow down the Clippers’ offense, holding Los Angeles to 100.5 points per game in two matchup this season (1-1 straight up) and ranking No. 1 in the league in defensive rebounding.
Both previous matchup between these two clubs went well under this total (averaging 214 total points), that trend continues tonight. Go with the under.
Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.