The NBA is back in action as the New Orleans Pelicans will clash with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Pelicans won in their last game against Minnesota away with a score of 120-107. And that was their last game before the interruption. Also, this game will be their 2nd since the restart as they played against the Jazz last Thursday.
As for the Clippers, they have beaten the Warriors with a score 131-107 in their last game before the NBA was cancelled. This will be their 2nd game since the restart as they faced their arch-rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
New Orleans Pelicans Form
The Pelicans enjoyed a winning momentum before the league was interrupted. After all, they have won two games in a row and aimed for a playoff wildcard.
However, that challenge is achievable for New Orleans as they are tied on the 9th place in the Western Conference with 3.5 games behind Memphis. Also, Zion Williamson might be fully prepared for this game after he was cleared from isolation a week ago.
On the offensive side of the game, the Pelicans score an average of 116.2 points per game. Therefore, that record is enough for the 4th spot in the league in scoring and could help decide the direction I go in my free pick. Also, they have an average of 47 boards per game combined with 27 assists per night.
On the defensive side of the game, New Orleans is conceding an average of 117 points per game. Therefore, that record is enough for the 27th spot in the league in scoring defence. Brandon Ingram is their main man this season as the former Laker scores an average of 24.3 points per night. Additionally, the small forward also has an average of 4.3 dimes combined with 6.3 rebounds per night.
Los Angeles Clippers Form
The Clippers are one of the best teams in the league this season. And that is not a coincidence as they have Chris Paul and MVP Kawhi Leonard in their roster. However, they will be without veteran Lou Williams as he is serving his mandatory quarantine after the 33 years old point guard took an absence from the Orlando campus.
Furthermore, Harrell and Beverley may also be unavailable for this game due to personal reasons. Therefore, Doc Rivers will have to find different solutions, especially since the Pelicans are one of the best offensive teams in the league.
On the offensive side of the game, the Clippers concede an average of 116.2 points per game. And that record is enough for the 5th spot in the league in scoring. Also, they have 56.5 rebounds per night which is the 4th best record in the NBA so far. Furthermore, the Clippers have an average of 23.8 dimes per game. And that is the 19th record in the league in assists.
On the defensive side of the game, the L.A side is conceding an average of 109.7 points per game. Therefore, that record is enough for the 13th spot in scoring defence. Kahwi Leonard is their main man as he leads the team with 26.9 points per game. The former Toronto player also has an average of 7.3 rebounds per night.
This is a game between two quality teams with great offensive firepower. Sports bettors have been chomping at the bit for some action, and we got it!
The Pelicans are in the quest for a playoff spot, but they need to win games. On the other side, the Clippers are a team that is strong at the Staples Center. They have been dominant and they will have the edge in this game mainly because of the presence of Leonard. Take the Clippers to win this one.
Our Free Pick & Prediction for New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers 08/01/2020 is: take the Los Angeles Clippers -112 (Moneyline)