The New Orleans Pelicans (16-27) and Boston Celtics (22-22) meet for a showdown on Martin Luther King Day. New Orleans saw its two-game winning streak end in a 120-105 loss to the Brooklyn Nets over the weekend. Boston has won four of its last five games. The Celtics narrowly escaped with a 114-112 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. Marcus Smart (protocols) has been ruled out for Boston, while Zion Williamson (foot) is out indefinitely for New Orleans.
Tipoff is at 12:30 p.m. ET Monday from TD Garden. Boston is favored by 5.5 points in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest Pelicans vs. Celtics odds, while the over-under is 214. Before making any Celtics vs. Pelicans picks, be sure to see NBA predictions and tips from betting from SportsLine’s proven computer model. .
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Now the model has set his sights on the Celtics against the Pelicans, and has just locked in his NBA picks and predictions. You can head over to SportsLine now to see the model choices. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for the Pelicans vs. Celtics:
- Difference between the Celtics and the Pelicans: Boston -5.5
- Celtics vs. Pelicans over-under: 214 points
- Celtics vs. Pelicans line: Boston -230, New Orleans +190
- BOS: Under bets are 6-0 in Celtics’ last six games on Monday
- NO: Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall
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Why the Celtics can cover
Forward Jayson Tatum is enjoying another All-Star-caliber season. He is currently ninth in the NBA in scoring (25.5) with 8.6 rebounds per game. Tatum has recorded 13 double-doubles, including three in his last four games. The Duke product dropped 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in the win over the Chicago Bulls.
Center Robert Williams III has been a force downstairs for Boston. He averaged 10 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. The 2018 first-round pick has also totaled 13 double-doubles so far. Williams III was extremely effective, shooting 74% from the ground. The Texas A&M product’s best outing came in the Dec. 22 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had 21 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks.
Why the Pelicans can cover
Forward Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.9 points, six rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Ingram has scored at least 30 points in six different matchups. In the Jan. 11 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ingram lost 33 points, four rebounds and nine assists. He was on fire from three, shooting 6v7 from beyond the arc.
Center Jonas Valanciunas is having a solid campaign. He is fourth in the NBA in rebounds (12), averaging 18.3 points. Valanciunas has caught at least 15 boards in 10 games so far. The fifth overall pick in 2011 had a dominant outing in the Nov. 29 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Valanciunas had 39 points, 15 rebounds while shooting 15 for 24 from the field. He was also on fire from downtown, finishing 7 for 8 from three.
How to make Pelicans vs. Celtics picks
SportsLine’s model leans into the total, projecting a combined 220 points. The model also indicates that one side of the gap hits almost 70% of the time. You can only see the model choice on SportsLine.
So who wins the Celtics against the Pelicans? And which side of the spread hits nearly 70% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you should jump to, all from the model who crushed his NBA picks, and find out.