Friday night's matchup between the Clippers and Pelicans features a pair of teams that have been hot in their last 10 games, respectively. With the Pelicans up one point and their total sitting at 228.5, what's the best bet tonight at 8:00 PM ET?
Chances of playing and betting
567 Los Angeles Clippers (+1) at 568 New Orleans Pelicans (-1); o/u 228.5
8:00 PM ET, Friday, January 5, 2023
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
Clippers vs. Pelicans general betting information
Our NBA public betting information page shows that 66% of public bettors are currently backing the Clippers. However, this information may change throughout the day, so be sure to check the link for the most up-to-date public betting data.
Los Angeles Clippers DFS rotation
Kawhi Leonard 30 points (9-of-16 FG, 8-of-8 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers in Wednesday's 131-122 win over Phoenix Phoenix played 40 minutes.
Leonard has scored 30 or more points in six of his last nine games and two of his last three. He's been a standout fantasy asset this season, appearing in 29 of the Clippers' 33 games while putting up a top-10 per game in the 8- and 9-Cat formats. James Harden, who approaches first-round value in both formats, has also been a valuable asset to fantasy managers. The Beards finished Wednesday's win with 22 points, five rebounds, 11 assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
New Orleans Pelicans DFS rotation
Zion Williamson Led New Orleans with 27 points (11-of-15 FG), four rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in a 117-106 win over Minnesota on Wednesday.
Zion dominated Rudy Gobert when he faced him throughout his career. In seven games, he is averaging 29.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 69.4 percent from the field. That includes scoring 13 points in 15 minutes in 2020, so his average is higher when he's played more than 25 minutes. That dominance continued into Wednesday's game, where he was able to provide elite value. There's not much that can be done when Zion is on the floor, and as long as he's healthy, he'll continue to provide great value outside of 3-pointers, free throw percentage and turnovers.
NBA Clippers vs. Pelicans betting trends
New Orleans is 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games against the Los Angeles Clippers.
New Orleans is 10-1 SU in their last 11 games against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Los Angeles Clippers are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 games against New Orleans.
Los Angeles Clippers are 1-10 SU in their last 11 games against New Orleans.
Clippers and Pelicans NBA prediction:
Take New Orleans. The Clippers are just 4-17 against the spread in their last 21 games against the Pelicans, including 1-11 ATS in their last 12 against New Orleans. Los Angeles is also winless against the spread in its last seven road games against the Pelicans and is 6-23 in its last 29 road games against New Orleans.
On the other hand, the Pelicans are 10-4 in their last 14 home games against the spread and have cashed in 5 of their last 6 against Pacific Division opponents.
Clippers vs. Pelicans betting prediction: NEW ORLEANS PELICANS -1