The New Orleans Pelicans are in the second leg of a back-to-back as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers for the second time this season.
The New Orleans Pelicans‘ longest win streak of the season was snapped on Saturday as the team was unable to make it four in a row against the Utah Jazz.
While the Pelicans only lost by eight points, the team was never really in this game. The Utah Jazz started on an 11-0 run and led the entire way through. New Orleans was in striking distance the entire fourth quarter but never got on that big run to make things close.
This snapped a three-game winning streak for the Pelicans and potentially started a losing streak as well. This was the first leg of a back-to-back for New Orleans as they had to hop on a plane and fly out to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers on Sunday.
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The Pelicans already defeated the Clippers earlier in the season in what was Paul George‘s season debut but Kawhi Leonard was out. With the Clippers having a day off on Saturday, Leonard likely won’t sit with load management this time.
All of these things are leading to a lopsided betting line in this game. According to the Action Network, the New Orleans Pelicans are 13-point underdogs against the Los Angeles Clippers.
This definitely is a high line and is one of the highest that we have dealt with in our against the spread predictions. After correctly predicting Utah -8, here is what we are going with in this one.
Against the spread prediction (Record: 6-7-1): New Orleans Pelicans +13
Plus 13 just seems to high to not take the New Orleans Pelicans on this one. Yes, the Clippers are elite defensively and have both stars playing in this game. Yes, they are home while the Pelicans are across the country playing in their second game in as many days.
Yes, everything is pointing to the New Orleans Pelicans getting absolutely blown out in this game. However, while I do not think they win, I think they hang around in this game and if anything, get the backdoor cover in garbage time.
The Pelicans have scorers on the roster and as long as Brandon Ingram and Jrue Holiday continue doing what they are doing then they should score enough to be within 12 points of the Clippers. Throw in J.J. Redick, who has been shooting lights out from beyond the arc, and the Pelicans can absolutely stay within reason against the Clippers.
Unfortunately, I think this is going to be the Pelicans’ second loss of the season. However, they will do enough to cover the spread.