Celtics vs Pelicans Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Wednesday, January 11, 2023

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The high-octane offense of the Boston Celtics (29-12) will have their work cut out when they meet the stalwart defense of the New Orleans Pelicans (25-16) on January 11, 2023 at TD Garden. The Celtics are 9.5-point favorites. A 231.5-point over/under is set in the matchup.

How to bet Celtics vs. Pelicans

Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 9.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Celtics as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -458 odds to pick up the win, while the Pelicans are listed at +352 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 231.5 points.

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Celtics vs. Pelicans Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: NBCS
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Arena: TD Garden

Celtics vs. Pelicans Betting Trends

The Celtics have 21 wins against the spread in 41 games this season. Boston has been chosen as the favorite in 39 games this year and has walked away with the win 27 times (69.2%) in those games. Celtics games this year have gone over the total in 22 out of 41 opportunities (53.7%).

The Pelicans have played 41 games, with 21 wins against the spread. New Orleans has been the underdog on the moneyline 17 total times this season. NOLA has finished 8-9 in those games. Pelicans games this season have hit the over on 24 of 41 set point totals (58.5%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Celtics Leaders
Jayson Tatum 39 30.8 8.1 4.2 1.1 0.8 3.2
Jaylen Brown 39 26.8 6.9 3.3 1.1 0.5 2.4
Malcolm Brogdon 35 13.4 4.1 3.9 0.5 0.3 1.8
Marcus Smart 36 11.1 3.4 7.2 1.3 0.4 1.8
Derrick White 41 9.9 3.1 3.4 0.7 1 1.5


Pelicans Leaders
CJ McCollum 36 20.8 4.8 5.8 1 0.6 2.9
Jonas Valančiūnas 41 14.1 9.7 1.7 0.3 0.5 0.6
Trey Murphy III 38 12.4 3.9 1.3 0.9 0.5 2.2
Herbert Jones 29 10 3.7 2.1 1.5 0.7 0.8
Naji Marshall 39 10 3.6 2.4 0.8 0.2 1.1
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Celtics vs. Pelicans Injury Report

Pelicans: Herbert Jones: Doubtful (Back), Larry Nance: Probable (Shoulder), Zion Williamson: Out (Hamstring), EJ Liddell: Out (Knee), Brandon Ingram: Out (Toe)

What you need to know about the Boston Celtics

Boston is surrendering 112.6 points per game this season (13th-ranked in NBA), but it has really played well on offense, averaging 118.5 points per contest (second-best). When playing at home, the Celtics are posting 6.8 more points per game (121.8) than they are in away games (115). The Celtics’ offense has been improved over their last 10 games, putting up 119.4 points per contest compared to the 118.5 they’ve averaged this season.

Boston has a 37.1% three-point percentage this year (eighth-ranked in NBA), but it has really shined by sinking 15.5 threes per game (second-best). In terms of shot breakdown, the Celtics have taken 52.6% two-pointers (accounting for 63.2% of the team’s buckets) and 47.4% threes (36.8%).

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What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans

In 2022-23, New Orleans is fourth-best in the NBA on offense (117.4 points scored per game) and ranked 14th defensively (113 points allowed). The Pelicans score 117 points per game at home, and 117.9 away. The Pelicans have fared worse offensively over their past 10 games, compiling 116.9 points per contest, 0.5 fewer points their than season average of 117.4.

New Orleans is 21st in the NBA in 3-pointers made (11.2 per game) and 11th in 3-point percentage (36.5%). The Pelicans take 34.6% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 65.4% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 26.3% of the Pelicans’ baskets are 3-pointers, and 73.7% are 2-pointers.

Our pick to win this contest is the Celtics, and we project that Pelicans will cover the spread (Celtics -9.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 231.5 points.

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Dan Smullen

Hailing all the way from Dublin, Ireland, Dan Smullen has BSC. in the Sports and Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick. He is data obsessed. In the past he has worked both as a video performance analyst and provided biometric performance testing and analysis for professional rugby teams. Dan is obsessed about helping the average punter become more successful at sports betting through the assistance of good sports betting data analysis. He has worked with over 200 journalists at multiple editorial teams in his previous role as Head of Search for the largest national news publisher in Ireland.

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