Steve Ballmer did not pay over a billion dollars to miss the playoffs. Yet that is what has happened to the owner’s Los Angeles Clippers. When 2009 top NBA draft pick Blake Griffin was traded it sent a message. Change was coming to LA. However, it looks as if it is change for the worse. Few teams have been a better road NBA betting online value than New Orleans. Anthony Davis has made them an exciting team to watch. Offense is what will likely gain them the playoffs. Defense is what will send them home in the early rounds.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Date and Time: Monday, April 9, 2018, 10:30 p.m. Eastern
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Pelicans||-7½ (-110)||225 (-110)|
|Clippers||+7½ (-110)||225 (-110)|
Pelicans vs. Clippers TV Coverage: ESPN
New Orleans has covered 25 of 40 NBA betting online away tilts. Overall the Pelicans have gotten the money in six of their last ten. Their last three games have gone over the total. In their last game New Orleans scored a 126-120 payout at Golden State. Offensively the Pelicans rank fourth best in the NBA. Opposite that is a defense that ranks 29th in the Association.
Pelicans on Court
New Orleans brings plenty of star power to this one. Anthony Davis has demonstrated why he was the 2012 top NBA draft pick. The five-time NBA All Star is averaging 28.2 points per game. He also leads the Pelicans in rebounds with 11.1. Former Celtic Rajon Rondo has a team best eight assists per game. Demarcus Cousins was another key contributor with 25 points per outing. But he has been lost for the season with an Achilles injury. With Cousins gone so is any realistic shot at a deep playoff run.
Dropping in value have been the Clippers. They have failed to pay in four of their last five games. Over the total has hit in their last four tilts. This season at Staples Center they are 23-16 over the number. At home LA has lost 21 of 39 vs. the line. The Clippers are similar to New Orleans in that they lack defense. Offensively they are a solid ninth in the NBA. A defense that ranks 24th in the league was the culprit to their missing the playoffs. Head coach Doc Rivers should be embarrassed by a defense taking so many possessions off.
Clippers on Court
Lou Williams has been the key trigger man for LA. He leads the team in scoring with 23 points per game. DeAndre Jordan is a monster rebounder with 15 per outing.
Team vs. Team
New Orleans has paid in five of their last eight sportsbook meetings with LA. Three of the last four in this series have gone under the total. The Pelicans have covered three of their last five away games vs. the Clippers. Five of the last six in this series at Staples Center went over the total.
Matchup to Watch
New Orleans has the edge in recent play. They have been a solid NBA betting online value at LA. Anthony Davis is the difference maker in this matchup.
Pelicans vs. Clippers NBA games Betting Odds Picks
The Clippers have nothing to play for. They face a troubling off season. New Orleans is the pick.
NBA Betting Online Pick: New Orleans Pelicans
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Pelicans 120, Clippers 110
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