Celtics vs Pelicans Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Friday, November 18, 2022

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The Boston Celtics (12-3) are 2.5-point favorites against the New Orleans Pelicans (9-6) on November 18, 2022 at Smoothie King Center in a contest featuring two of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA. The Celtics are first (120.4 ppg) and the Pelicans are fifth (116.7). The over/under is 230 points in the contest.

Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Celtics as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -141 odds to pick up the win, while the Pelicans are listed at +120 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 230 points.

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Celtics vs. Pelicans Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, November 18, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: NBCS
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Arena: Smoothie King Center

Celtics vs. Pelicans Betting Trends

The Celtics have eight wins against the spread in 15 games this year. Boston has won in 12, or 80%, of the 15 contests it has been named as the odds-on favorite in this year. Celtics games this year have hit the over on 10 of 15 set point totals.

The Pelicans are 8-7-0 against the spread this season. New Orleans has won 60% of the games this season it was the moneyline underdog (3-2). Pelicans games this year have gone over the total in nine of 15 opportunities (60%).

Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Celtics Leaders
Jayson Tatum 15 31.1 7.4 4.1 0.9 1.4 3.5
Jaylen Brown 14 25.1 6.6 3.2 1 0.4 2.2
Malcolm Brogdon 11 13.7 3.8 3.5 0.5 0.2 1.3
Marcus Smart 14 11.4 3.2 7.1 1.1 0.3 1.5
Al Horford 12 10.9 6.9 2.4 0.4 0.8 2


Pelicans Leaders
Zion Williamson 11 23.5 6.4 3.9 1.1 0.3 0.3
Brandon Ingram 11 20.7 5.6 4.3 0.7 0.9 1.7
CJ McCollum 15 19 5.2 6.6 1.2 0.7 2.3
Jonas Valančiūnas 15 13.6 9.4 2.1 0.5 0.3 0.5
Trey Murphy III 15 12.1 4.7 1.3 1.1 0.5 2.4
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Celtics vs. Pelicans Injury Report

Celtics: Malcolm Brogdon: Probable (Hamstring), Marcus Smart: Questionable (Ankle), Robert Williams: Out (Knee), Danilo Gallinari: Out (Knee)

Pelicans: Zion Williamson: Questionable (Ankle), EJ Liddell: Out (Knee), Kira Lewis: Out (Knee)

What you need to know about the Boston Celtics

Boston is surrendering 113.3 points per game this season (15th-ranked in NBA), but it has really thrived offensively, posting 120.4 points per contest (best). At home, the Celtics are putting up seven more points per game (124.1) than they are on the road (117.1). The Celtics have been racking up 121.8 points per game in their last 10 appearances, an average that’s slightly higher than the 120.4 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign.

Boston is dominating when it comes to three-point shooting, as it ranks best in the league in three-pointers (15.9 per game) and fourth-best in shooting percentage from downtown (38.7%). In terms of shot breakdown, the Celtics have taken 52.8% two-pointers (accounting for 62.5% of the team’s buckets) and 47.2% from beyond the arc (37.5%).

What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans

In 2022-23, New Orleans is fifth-best in the league on offense (116.7 points scored per game) and ranked 13th on defense (112.1 points allowed). At home the Pelicans are scoring 114.1 points per game, 4.9 fewer points than they are averaging on the road (119). While the Pelicans are scoring 116.7 points per game in 2022-23, they have fallen short of that over their past 10 games, tallying 115.2 points per contest.

In 2022-23 New Orleans is 22nd in the NBA in 3-point makes (11.1 per game) and fifth-best in 3-point percentage (38.6%). In 2022-23, the Pelicans have attempted 31.8% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 68.2% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 25.5% of the Pelicans’ buckets have been 3-pointers, and 74.5% have been 2-pointers.

Celtics vs. Pelicans Predictions and Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is the Pelicans, and we expect that Pelicans will cover the spread (Celtics -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 230 points.

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How to bet Celtics vs. Pelicans

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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