Boston vs. New Orleans Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, March 30, 2024

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The Boston Celtics (57-16) play the New Orleans Pelicans (45-28) on March 30, 2024. The matchup airs on NBCS.

The Celtics enter their game against the Pelicans as a 6-point favorite. The game’s over/under is set at 223.

Celtics vs. Pelicans Odds

Point Spread for Celtics vs. Pelicans

The spread for this matchup is set at 6 points, with bookmakers listing the Celtics as the favorite.

Boston vs. New Orleans Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Boston has -230 odds to win the game, while New Orleans is listed at +190 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 223 points.

Game Time and How to Watch

  • When: Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 5:00 PM ET
  • Where: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • TV: NBCS

Celtics vs. Pelicans Betting Trends

The Celtics are 38-32-3 against the spread this season. Boston has won 56, or 78.9%, of the 71 games it has played as the favorite this season. Games involving the Celtics have hit the over 37 times this season.

The Pelicans have covered the spread 41 times this year (41-30-2). New Orleans has come away with 15 wins in the 28 contests it has been listed as the underdog this season. This season, Pelicans games have hit the over 31 times.

Celtics vs. Pelicans Key Players to Watch

Celtics

Jayson Tatum puts up 27.3 points, 8.2 boards and 4.9 assists per game. At the other end, he averages 1.0 steal and 0.6 blocks. Jaylen Brown’s numbers on the season are 23.3 points, 5.5 boards and 3.6 assists per game, shooting 50.4% from the field and 35.4% from beyond the arc, with 2.1 made 3-pointers per contest. Derrick White’s numbers for the season are 15.5 points, 4.3 boards and 5.2 assists per game, shooting 46.5% from the floor and 40.0% from downtown, with 2.7 made 3-pointers per game. Kristaps Porzingis posts 20.3 points, 6.9 boards and 1.9 assists per contest. Defensively, he averages 0.7 steals and 1.8 blocks.

Pelicans

Zion Williamson’s averages for the season are 22.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists, making 58.6% of his shots from the field (ninth in NBA). Jonas Valanciunas’ averages on the season are 12.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, making 56.2% of his shots from the field. CJ McCollum gives the Pelicans 18.8 points, 4.2 boards and 4.5 assists per game, plus 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks. Herbert Jones gives the Pelicans 11.1 points, 3.6 boards and 2.6 assists per game, plus 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks.

What you need to know about the Celtics

The Celtics have been led by their offense, as they rank second-best in the NBA by putting up 121.1 points per game. They rank sixth in the league in points allowed (109.8 per contest). The Celtics are allowing 43.3 rebounds per game this season (13th-ranked in NBA), but they’ve thrived by pulling down 46.4 rebounds per game (second-best). The Celtics rank 14th in the NBA with 26.6 assists per game.

Offensively Boston has fared better when playing at home this year, scoring 123.3 points per game, compared to 119.1 per game away from home. Boston has been shining when it comes to three-point shooting this season, ranking best in the NBA in treys per game (16.6) and second-best in three-point percentage (39.0%). Boston ranks third-best in the NBA by giving up a three-point shooting percentage of 35.0% to opposing teams. It ranks 13th in the league by ceding 12.8 treys per contest.

The Celtics have gone 8-2 in their past 10 contests, with a 7-3 record against the spread in that span. In its past 10 games, Boston has hit the over seven times. In their last 10 games, the Celtics have been racking up 123.5 points per game, an average that’s slightly higher than the 121.1 they’ve scored over the course of the 2023-24 season. Boston has been more stingy on the defensive side of the ball as of late, allowing 109.3 points per game during its last 10 contests compared to the 109.8 points per game its opponents average on the 2023-24 season.

What you need to know about the Pelicans

The Pelicans are 13th in the league in points scored (115.6 per game) and eighth in points conceded (110.4). New Orleans is seventh in the league in rebounds per game (44.5) and eighth in rebounds allowed (42.3). This season the Pelicans are ranked 11th in the league in assists at 27.0 per game.

At home the Pelicans are putting up 116.2 points per game, 1.2 more than they are averaging on the road (115.0). Beyond the arc, the Pelicans are 20th in the league in 3-pointers made per game (12.2). They are sixth in 3-point percentage at 37.8%. New Orleans is 23rd in the league in 3-pointers conceded (13.4 per game) and best in 3-point percentage defensively (34.5%).

The Pelicans have gone 7-3 over their last 10 contests, with a 6-4 record against the spread during that span. In its past 10 games, New Orleans has gone over the total three times. While New Orleans is putting up 115.6 points per game in 2023-24, it has fallen short of that over its previous 10 games, producing 110.3 points per contest. Over their last 10 games, the Pelicans are ceding 105.0 points per game, compared to their season average of 110.4 points allowed.

Celtics vs. Pelicans Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is Celtics, and we predict that Pelicans will cover the spread (Celtics -6). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 223 points.

How to bet Celtics vs. Pelicans

You can bet on Boston vs. New Orleans at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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