High Stakes in Play-In Game
The final play-in game of the NBA season comes when the New Orleans Pelicans take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
The Pelicans lost their last two games of the regular season but CJ McCollum helped push them to a double-digit victory against the San Antonio Spurs in the first play-in game for them.
As for the Clippers, they faced a different fate. They were knocked off in their play-in game by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
They had a chance at the end but couldn’t come away with the win. Taking a closer look at this NBA game betting preview, which side is the best bet online?
New Talent Relied Upon By Pelicans
With Zion Williamson failing to play a single game this season, it has been up to other players to fill that scoring void that he left behind. Due to their struggles, New Orleans traded for McCollum at the deadline.
The shooting guard has seemingly changed the way that their offense operates now. He averages 24.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists for this squad that has new life.
Brandon Ingram has also seen himself get more open shots with McCollum on the court. Ingram averaged 22.7 points on the season.
If the Pelicans are hoping to squeak into the playoffs, McCollum and Ingram need to have big games.
Turnovers Hurting Clippers
With Paul George back in the lineup (after missing significant time with a shoulder injury), the Clippers saw their postseason hopes get renewed. Their last play-in game took the wind out of their sails, though.
The Clippers couldn’t stop turning the basketball over because of the relentless defense played by Patrick Beverley and Co., coughing up 17 in total. Reggie Jackson and George both accounted for five.
Discipline is key in the playoffs and this team was anything but in their first play-in game. They have to be better in that regard now.
When this team is humming, they can be a tough out with George, Jackson, Norman Powell, and Robert Covington. However, they often beat themselves too much and they’ll have to avoid that here.
Pelicans vs Clippers Head-to-Head
The Pelicans defeated the Clippers in the first three games this season. Los Angeles got revenge in the fourth matchup, though, winning by 19 points.
Pelicans vs Clippers Game Information
- Game: Pelicans (36-46) vs Clippers (42-40)
- Location: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
- Day/Time: Friday, April15th, 10 p.m. ET
- Live stream: NBA Game Pass
Pelicans vs Clippers Betting Lines
Pelicans vs Clippers Prediction
The New Orleans Pelicans earned a big win versus San Antonio in their first play-in game and it was a big step forward for this franchise. Not only did they cover the NBA odds, they proved a lot to themselves.
This team will get Williamson back next season and a core of him, Ingram and McCollum could make this team an immediate contender. Any success that comes this season is all gravy.
While beating a struggling Spurs team at home is one thing, going on the road to beat the Clippers is another. Look for the Clippers to be far more disciplined in this game and earn the win and cover. Take them with your NBA picks.