Los Angeles Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans, at the Staples Center, the home team plays its dignity against the Pelicans, the visiting team is almost inside the playoffs. The visiting team needs to win this game, they must do everything possible in the Clippers’ home, they will not lose or let Clippers score points that easy. On the road the Pelicans are slightly better than the Clippers at home.
New Orleans Pelicans: Unstoppable this season, heading to the playoffs.
Someone thought that the Pelicans this season would go so far ?, I did not imagine it that way, but what I was sure was the power that has this strategy of Alvin Gentry, win games inside and outside the home, not focus only on home games as in past seasons. During the current season the Pelicans have reaped 46 wins and 34 losses, the best wins were against Celtics 116-113, Rockets 115-113 and Thunder 114-100, those games were mid-season.
On the road the Pelicans had a better performance than last season, as last season ended with 36 wins and 45 losses and this season they have 23 wins and 17 losses, although there are still playoff games, but they will surely end with positive numbers.
57.5% effectiveness on the road, 23 wins and 17 losses, 47% field goal, 75.4% free throw, 37.2% three pointers. New Orleans Pelicans is scoring an average of 110.2 points on the road, they need to win this game, because if they lose this game and lose to San Antonio Spurs in the upcoming last game of the season, they will be out of the playoffs despite have made a great effort in the regular season.
Los Angeles Clippers: No Playoffs
Since the departure of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin everything has been a problem for the Clippers, especially at home, they have not won important games and so far they only have 22 wins and 17 losses, they have no chance of reaching the playoffs, but Doc River (coach) decided that the starters play tonight against the Pelicans.
At home the Clippers score 110.2 points on average, the home defense allows on average about 109 points to visitors, the percentage of free throws is one of the lowest in the last 5 years, 75.7% since the departure of Chris Paul. This game will be more a test for the Pelicans than anything else for the Clippers.
The visiting team arrives at the Clippers’ house with a hunger for victory, they need to win this game, they do not want to lose the playoffs, Doc River just wants to make things difficult for the Pelicans at the Staples Center, but New Orleans Pelicans has already won this season at the Clippers home 116-121 (Mar 06-2018), the Pelicans know the Clippers starters and know how to win in Los Angeles.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Los Angeles Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans today on 9/3/2018 is: Take the San Antonio Spurs -8.5 (spread)
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