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Last Updated Apr 03, 2022, 23:55 PM

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers Predictions, Picks, Odds

Nationally televised NBA action will conclude on Sunday night with a Western Conference showdown between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Clippers. Coverage begins from Crypto.com Arena at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

Score Prediction

Clippers 116, Pelicans 110

Best Bets

Clippers -2 (-110) at DraftKings

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers Predictions

After finishing tenth in the West with a record of 29-41 SU last year, New Orleans temporarily sustained that same lackluster pace with another underwhelming start to this season, as the Pelicans opened with a frustrating 14-26 SU and 18-22 ATS skid – with 16 of those SU losses coming by 10+ PTS.

The Pelicans have played decent basketball since the trade deadline though, considering New Orleans enters Sunday riding a surprisingly solid 20-17 SU and 21-15-1 ATS stretch – while generating 116.3 OPPG and allowing just 109.4 DPPG across that window.

On the other hand, the Clippers posted a surprisingly strong start to the season despite the absence of five-time All-Pro Kawhi Leonard, as Los Angeles kicked things off with a sturdy 16-15 SU run – with ten of those victories coming by 10+ PTS.

However, Los Angeles was incredibly inconsistent during Paul George’s latest absence, considering the Clippers boast disappointing records of 22-25 SU and 24-23 ATS across their last 47 games – while scoring just 109.4 OPPG and allowing 111.3 DPPG during that timeframe.

I’ll back L. A. here, as the Clippers are 2-1 SU and ATS since the return of George, which includes tough upset victories over the Jazz and Bucks, and an overtime loss to Chicago (L, 135-130) – likely presenting an unfavorable road matchup for a Pelicans’ squad that’s surrendering 114.8 DPPG across their latest 7-7 SU stretch.

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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers Betting Resources

  • Date: Sunday, April 3, 2022
  • Matchup: Southwest vs. Pacific
  • Venue: Crypto.com Arena
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • TV-Time: NBATV - 9:30 p.m. ET

New Orleans Pelicans Betting Analysis

  • SU: 34-43
  • ATS: 39-37-1
  • O/U: 29-46-2

After last year’s disappointing 31-41 SU showing, New Orleans briefly kept that same ball rolling with a similarly underwhelming start to this season, as the Pelicans opened with a frustrating 14-26 SU skid – with more than half of those losses coming by double-digits (16).

However, New Orleans has completely turned things around at the defensive end since the trade deadlineconsidering the Pelicans enter Sunday riding a sturdy 20-17 SU and 21-15-1 ATS stretch – while surrendering just 109.4 DPPG to their opponents across that timeframe.

Los Angeles Clippers Betting Analysis

  • SU: 38-40
  • ATS: 38-40
  • O/U: 37-38-3

Most bettors steered away from Los Angeles after Kawhi’s devastating injury last postseason; however, the Clippers are still a decent squad without him, highlighted by L. A. quickly handling business against Utah for the remainder of the second round, and subsequently going toe-to-toe with Phoenix for the length of a competitive six-game Western Conference Finals’ set despite the absence of their primary scoring option.

The Clippers’ offense struggled miserably without George though, considering Los Angeles enters Sunday riding an exhausting 22-25 SU skid – while scoring 110 PTS or less in 23 of those contests (109.4 OPPG).

The Pelicans are 6-0 ATS in their last six matchups against the Clippers. (AP)

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers Head-to-Head

New Orleans won two of three regular-season matchups against the Clippers last year, with the first two contests soaring over the total at an average of 233.5 PPG – while the third stayed under with a score of 120-103 (U 229). However, New Orleans is a perfect 3-0 SU against the Clippers this season, with the first and third matchups staying well under the total at an average of 188.5 PPG – while their second affair cruised over with a score of 123-104 (O 211).

Key Players to Watch

  • NOP: Brandon Ingram - SF (22.9 PPG, 5.8 REB, 5.6 AST)
  • NOP: CJ McCollum - SG (22.6 PPG, 4.5 REB, 5.2 AST)
  • LAC: Paul George - SG (24.9 PPG, 6.8 REB, 5.5 AST)
  • LAC: Reggie Jackson - PG (17.2 PPG, 3.7 REB, 4.8 AST)

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers Betting Conclusion

After extending their win streak to three games with a victory over the Lakers at Crypto.com Arena on Friday night (W, 114-111), the Pelicans will return to Crypto.com Arena for Sunday’s contest as short road underdogs against the Clippers – marking the sixth time New Orleans has been an underdog across their last ten games.

I’ll back L. A. here, as the Pelicans are 7-7 SU and ATS in their last 14 games, while tallying 116.3 OPPG and surrendering 114.8 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for an unfavorable road matchup against a Clippers squad that’s averaging 134.7 OPPG across their 2-1 ATS stretch since PG’s return.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers Betting Trends

  • The Pelicans are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games.
  • The Clippers are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the last eight Pelicans' games.
  • The total has gone OVER in five straight Clippers' games.
  • The Pelicans are 6-0 ATS in their last six matchups against the Clippers.
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