The NBA is set up with a solid night of action on Monday. Eleven games are up on the board throughout March 29. One of these matchups will be between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Boston Celtics. These two teams have been solid throughout this season, which should lead to a good game in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time.
New Orleans has started out this season with a record of 20-25, which has them sitting in twelfth place of the Western Conference. The Pelicans are only a game and a half back on the tenth seed. New Orleans is coming off a win in their last game and have won five of their last eight. The Pelicans will look to keep that momentum going in this one.
The Celtics have put up a record of 23-23 to this point in the season, which has them in seventh place of the Eastern Conference. Boston is only one game behind the fourth seeded Knicks. The Celtics are coming off back to back wins and will look to build on that in this one. I expect a good game from Boston on Monday night.
These two teams are in the mix of the playoff race so far this season. The Pelicans are outside of the playoff picture right now, while Boston is still in the middle of the playoff standings. Both teams have found some success as of late and will look to build on it in this one. I expect both teams to try and set the pace early in this matchup.
The Pelicans and the Celtics met up twice throughout last season. Boston hosted the first game on January 11. Frank Jackson scored 22 points off the bench, while Jaxson Hayes finished with 20 points. It was not enough for New Orleans though. Jayson Tatum dropped 41 points and Enes Kanter added 22 points and 19 rebounds off the bench. The Celtics were able to earn a big 140-105 win.
The second game of the season series shifted to New Orleans on January 26. Kemba Walker dropped 35 points and Gordon Hayward finished with 23 points. Jrue Holiday put up 25 points, while Zion Williamson earned 21 points and 11 rebounds. J.J. Redick put up 17 points off the bench as the Pelicans earned a 123-108 win at home.
New Orleans hosted the first game of the season series on February 21. Jayson Tatum earned 32 points and 9 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown put up 25 points and 9 assists. It was not enough for Boston though. Brandon Ingram dropped 33 points on the night. Zion Williamson finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds as the Pelicans earned a 120-115 win in overtime.
These two teams have met up three times throughout last season and this season. The Pelicans have won back to back games against Boston and will look to keep it going. The Celtics have struggled against Zion Williamson and will need to find a way to slow him down in this one. Boston will look to step up on offense early in this one as they look for a big win.
Field Goal Shooting
The Pelicans have been strong shooting the ball throughout this season. New Orleans has been able to make 48.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 4th in the league. The Pelicans have been shooting 35.5 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 21st in the NBA. New Orleans has drained 73.8 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 28th in the league.
Boston has also been solid shooting the ball to this point in the season. The Celtics have shot 47 percent from the field this season, which is 12th in the NBA. Boston has made 37.8 percent of their shots from deep, which is 9th in the league. The Celtics have sunk 76 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 23rd in the NBA.
Both of these teams have been solid shooting this season, but Boston has been better on defense. The Celtics have held their opponents to 46.6 percent from the field, which is 16th in the league. New Orleans has allowed opposing teams to make 47.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 23rd in the NBA. If either team can step up on defense, it could be enough for the win.
Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram have been the leaders for this New Orleans team this season. Williamson has averaged 26.5 points and 7 rebounds per game. Ingram is averaging 24 points per game. Lonzo Ball has averaged 14 points per game. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 11.5 points per game to round out this lineup.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have helped lead this Celtics team throughout this season. Tatum is averaging 25 points and 7 rebounds per game. Brown has averaged 24.5 points per game. Kemba Walker is averaging 18 points, while Marcus Smart has averaged 13 points per game. Evan Fournier could make his debut for Boston. Fournier was averaging 19.5 points with Orlando this season.
These two teams have been led by two big players throughout this season. If either duo can step up early in this one, it could be enough to help them grab the win. Evan Fournier could make his debut, which could give Boston the edge. If Fournier plays in this one, I think he will have a good debut to help the Celtics earn a win.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season, which should lead to a good game on Monday night. The Celtics will look to bounce back after losing to New Orleans earlier in the season. Boston has been better shooting from deep, while the Pelicans have been great inside the arc. Boston will look for Fournier to make a big debut in this one.
BetOnline has the Celtics listed as a -4 against the spread in this one. This line gives a slight edge to Boston at home in this one. I agree with this line as Fournier could make his debut, which would help the Celtics depth. Boston has looked good in their last couple of games and I like the value on them as slight favorites at home in this one.