The NBA opens up a new week of action with six games set to tip off on Monday night. One of these games will be between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Pelicans have been off to a slow start this season, while Los Angeles has earned themselves a playoff spot early. The game will start at 10:30 PM Eastern time.
New Orleans has started the season with a 20-23 record, which has them in thirteenth place of the Western Conference. The Western Conference is tightly contested right now, which means the Pelicans will need to pick up their play if they want to earn a playoff spot this season. New Orleans lost their last game to the Minnesota Timberwolves, which ended their three-game winning streak. The Pelicans will look to get things going again with a win against Los Angeles on Monday night.
The Clippers have gone 24-18 this season, which has them in sixth place of the Western Conference. Los Angeles jumped out to one of the best starts in the NBA this season, but have slowed down some since. The Clippers have lost their last two games to the Denver Nuggets and the Detroit Pistons. Los Angeles will look to turn it around with a win at home.
Monday night’s matchup between the Pelicans and the Clippers will be the third and final matchup of the season series. New Orleans needs a win to try and get back into the playoff race, while Los Angeles will look to keep their spot in the playoff picture and try to move up. This should lead to a good game on Monday night.
The first matchup of this season’s series was hosted by New Orleans on October 23. Tobias Harris dropped 26 points and 9 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari put up 24 points and 6 rebounds. Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 34 points and 13 rebounds. Elfrid Payton scored 20 points to help lead New Orleans to a 116-109 win at home.
The Pelicans also hosted the second game of the season series on December 3. Julius Randle dropped 37 points for New Orleans. Jrue Holiday put up 32 points and 14 assists, but it was not enough. Tobias Harris scored 27 points, while Danilo Gallinari put up 24 points for the Clippers. Lou Williams had 20 points off the bench to help lead Los Angeles to a 129-126 win on the road.
These two teams split the first two games of the season series 1-1. Both games were held in New Orleans, which means that Monday night’s game will be hosted by the Clippers. The Pelicans won the first game of the season series, while they were on their 4-0 start to the season. Los Angeles will look to win the season series by taking the lone game at home.
Three Point Shooting
New Orleans has been in the top half of the league when it comes to three-point shooting the season. The Pelicans have shot 35.5 percent from behind the arc. New Orleans has not been doing great at defending the three-point shot this season. The Pelicans have allowed opposing teams to shoot around 36.2 percent from behind the three-point line.
The Clippers have been one of the best teams when it comes to three-point shooting. Los Angeles has shot 38.4 percent from behind the arc, which is third in the NBA. The Clippers have also been doing solid defending teams at the three-point line. Los Angeles has allowed their opponents to shoot around 35 percent from distance.
Los Angeles has the clear edge from behind the three-point line. I believe that the Clippers can put up a big night from behind the arc going up against New Orleans weak three-point defense. Los Angeles can also slow down the Pelicans three-point shooting with their solid defense. New Orleans will need to stop the Clippers good ball movement if they want to keep Los Angeles at a lower three-point percentage.
Anthony Davis has been doing great for the Pelicans this season. Davis has been averaging 29 points and 13 rebounds per game this season. Jrue Holiday is averaging 21 points and 8 assists per game from the Point Guard spot. Julius Randle has averaged 20 points and 9.5 rebounds per game this season. Nikola Mirotic is averaging 17 points and 9 rebounds per game. New Orleans rely a lot on their big men to lead their offense.
The Clippers have seen a lot of solid production from Tobias Harris this season. Harris has averaged 21 points and 8 rebounds per game this season. Danilo Gallinari is averaging 19.5 points per game this season. Los Angeles has seen a lot strong play from their bench this season. Lou Williams is averaging 18.5 points and 5 assists per game off the bench. Montrezl Harrell has averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds per game off the bench.
New Orleans will need their big men to put up big numbers if they want to keep up with the Clippers. Los Angeles will look to dominate with their Forwards and Guards. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will go up against Holiday, which should be a good matchup with Gilgeous-Alexander’s solid defense. This will play a pivotal role in Monday night’s matchup.
Los Angeles is coming into Monday night’s matchup after losing back to back games. I believe they turn that around with a victory against the Pelicans. The Clippers have been a better three-point team and were able to keep both games in New Orleans close. They stole the second matchup against the Pelicans on the road. Los Angeles and New Orleans matchup a little oddly with their lineups. The Pelicans rely a lot of their play in the paint, while the Clippers use their Forwards and Guards to get the advantage.
BetOnline has Los Angeles listed as a -2 ½ against the spread. I believe that the Clippers should be bigger favorites at home. Los Angeles is the better team this season and they are 1-1 against the Pelicans on the road. The Clippers are on a losing streak and I believe they turn it around with a home victory. I am taking Los Angeles against the spread.