The Boston Celtics are slight home favorites in NBA betting online odds, as they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night on NBA TV. The Pelicans have won two straight to move up to 6th place in the Western Conference, while the Celtics are on a 7-game winning streak and in first place in the Eastern Conference. Let’s look at this Tuesday night contest and NBA picks.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Boston Celtics
Date and Time: Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: TD Garden, Boston, MA
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG: Celtics -4.5, O/U 214
Pelicans vs. Celtics TV Coverage: NBA TV
The Pelicans are coming off a draining overtime win on Sunday against the Knicks, as New Orleans won 123-118. Anthony Davis was a beast in that game, as he had 48 points and 17 rebounds. The Pelicans could be a little weary after that emotional win.
New Orleans has been a good road team against the spread, as they are 13-9, with 11 games going over and 11 going under. The Pelicans are scoring 111 points per game and giving up 111 per contest.
The Celtics come into this game rested, as they haven’t played since last Thursday. Boston has won seven straight games and they are 5-2 ATS. The Celtics are 13-8-2 ATS at home, with 12 games going over and 11 going under. They are scoring 103 points per game and giving up 98 per contest.
Player to Watch
There is no denying that Anthony Davis is the star player to watch in this contest for those betting on NBA games. He had 48 points and 17 rebounds in the win over the Knicks on Sunday. He had 13 points, five rebounds, two blocks and a steal in the fourth quarter and overtime. “AD was just huge for us. When he gets into those zones like that, he’s really good,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said after the win. It was the fifth time Davis has had at least 45 points and 15 rebounds in a game.
Davis said that he knows his team needs to play better defensively. “We turn the ball over a lot because of the way we play but that’s not an excuse. (If) we continue to take care of the basketball and get good looks every time down the floor, we can get whatever we want. We just got to keep fighting defensively.”
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Boston Celtics NBA Betting Online Picks
The Celtics have owned the Southwest Division of late, going 9-2 ATS in their last 11. New Orleans has gone over the total in 16 of their last 22 games and Boston has gone over in 8 of their last 12 vs. the Southwest.
I think there is a definite difference in class between these two teams and I am surprised the line is so low. The only concern I have is a possible slow start for Boston since they haven’t played since Thursday, but I think they will turn it on in the second half and pull away. I will take Boston and the game over the total.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Boston -4 and Over 214
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Celtics 120, Pelicans 110