Looking to win big? The Clippers and Pelicans face off at 8:00 ET on BSNO. The Pelicans are hosting the game at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. The Clippers are favored in this Western conference showdown. The game's over/under is currently at 229 points.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS VS NEW ORLEANS PELICANS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Los Angeles Clippers -1

This game will be played at Smoothie King Center at 8:00 ET on Friday, January 5th.

WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-112 in favor of the Clippers.
  • Our projections have Kawhi Leonard finishing with Kawhi Leonard points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Clippers finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.0% and knocking down 14 threes.

Do the Clippers Have a Shot at a Win at New Orleans?

As the Clippers get ready to take on the Pelicans, they are favored by 1-point on the road. Before today's game, Los Angeles is 4th in the West and leads the Pacific Division at 21-12.

Out of their 33 games, the Clippers have been the favorite 26 times and have a scoring margin of +10.2 points per game in those games. Their straight-up winning streak as the favorite is currently at four games.

So far, Los Angeles has really struggled to cover the spread when playing on the road, as they are just 7-8 this season. Their average scoring margin as the road favorite is +1.9 points per game, and they have gone three straight games without covering on the road.

The Clippers' overall ATS record for the season is 17-16, and they have put together three straight covers coming into today's game. Their over/under record is sitting below .500 at 14-19, and the over has come through in their last two games.

In their most recent game, the Lakers put up 131 points and shot 55.3% from the field. At the line, they made 29 of 32 free throws. Paul George is the team's leading scorer, averaging 23.2 PPG. Kawhi Leonard is close behind, averaging 24.6 PPG.

Coming into the game, the Clippers defense has held opposing team's to fewer points than the league average in 36.4% of their games. Currently, they are 11th in the NBA at 112.2 points per game allowed. Inside the arc, the Clippers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 53.3% and 35.1% from three-point territory.

No Pressure for New Orleans as Home Dogs

As the Pelicans get ready to host the Clippers, they are the slight 1-point underdogs. Before today's game, New Orleans is 6th in the West and leads the Southwest Division at 21-14.

So far, the Pelicans have been slightly better against the spread at home compared to on the road. New Orleans' home ATS record is 12-7 compared to 8-8 on the road. Their ATS streak at home is also up to two.

The over/under record for New Orleans is sitting below .500 at 17-18. In their previous games with higher over/under lines than today's line of 229, the Pelicans have gone 7-9. On average, their games have combined to finish at 227.9 points this season.

Against the spread, the Pelicans have covered four straight games, and each of their last three wins have come on the road. For the season, they have been the underdog in 15 of their 35 games and have a record of 9-6 vs. the spread in those games.

In the Pelicans' most recent game, they scored 117 points versus the Timberwolves. Overall, the Pelicans shot 55.6% from the field and made 12 three-pointers. Over their last three games, the Pelicans have an effective field goal percentage of 60.3% compared to their season-long EFG of 55% (10th). In their five most recent games, the Pelicans are 27th in three-point shooting at 41.3%.

At this time, the Pelicans' defense is positioned 8th in the NBA, permitting 112.0 points per game. New Orleans' defense is currently forcing 13 turnovers per game, which is 16th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 21st in blocked shots, with an average of 4.7 rejections per game.