The Boston Celtics will visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. Injury concerns exist for both teams in the cross-conference matchup, with Jaylen Brown (ankle) and Jayson Tatum (groin) listed as questionable for the Celtics. Boston will be without Enes Kanter (hip) and, on the New Orleans side, Jrue Holiday (knee) is officially listed as probable.
Tip-off is at 6 p.m. ET at the Smoothie King Center. Sportsbooks list this game as a pick’em, while the Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 228.5 in the latest Pelicans vs. Celtics odds. Before you make any Celtics vs. Pelicans picks and NBA predictions, see what SportsLine’s advanced computer model has to say.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and last season it returned a whopping $4,280 on its top-rated NBA spread and money line picks. It’s already returned over $2,700 in profit on all its top-rated NBA picks during the 2019-20 season and entered Week 13 on a blistering 32-16 run on all top-rated NBA picks against the spread. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns and routinely beaten NBA odds.
Now, the model has set its sights on Celtics vs. Pelicans. You can see its picks here. Now, here are several NBA lines and trends for Celtics vs. Pelicans:
Celtics vs. Pelicans spread: Pick’emCeltics vs. Pelicans over-under: 228.5 points Celtics vs. Pelicans money line: Celtics -124, Pelicans +103 BOS: Celtics have covered the spread in three consecutive games NO: Pelicans are 4-2 against the spread in the last six gamesWhy the Celtics can cover
The model knows that the Celtics are one of the top teams in the NBA this season, ranking as a top-five unit on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Boston enters on a three-game winning streak and, in this particular matchup, the visitors should be able to capitalize on strong metrics in offensive rebounding and avoiding turnovers offensively. On the defensive side, the Celtics create plenty of havoc for the opposition, forcing giveaways at a high level and consistently challenging shots.
Why the Pelicans can cover
The model grasps that the Pelicans are a far better team in recent days than the team’s win-loss record reflects. The presence of Zion Williamson could be critical, with the rookie sensation taking the floor for his third game after averaging 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in limited deployment. New Orleans also has a star in the making in Brandon Ingram, who’s averaging 25.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
How to make Celtics vs. Pelicans picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the total, with Kemba Walker projected to average 23.4 points per game, exceeding his baseline average. For New Orleans, the model is calling for 14 points, eight rebounds, and three assists for Williamson on Sunday. It’s also generated an against the spread pick that hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see that one at SportsLine.
So who wins Celtics vs. Pelicans? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Celtics vs. Pelicans spread you need to jump on Sunday, all from the model on a 32-16 run on NBA picks, and find out.