The LA Clippers’ Disney World experience didn’t start well, as they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. But they have a shot for a rebound this Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans, who are also coming off a loss. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the New Orleans Pelicans vs. LA Clippers NBA Regular Season Game on August 1, 2020
Where: Walt Disney World, Orlando
When: Saturday, August 1, 2020, 6:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the New Orleans Pelicans (+4.5)
Regular Season Record: 28-37
J.J. Redick sure missed making it rain from deep. The veteran shooter burned the nets for 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor, including three triples in just 26 minutes of action off the bench in a 106-104 loss to the Utah Jazz on Thursday. Brandon Ingram, meanwhile, scored 23 points, albeit on a salty 7-of-20 shooting. The Pelicans also played Zion Williamson, but clearly had a minutes restriction on him, as the bulky former Duke Blue Devils star only saw action for 15 minutes, though, he still found a way to score 13 points on an efficient 6-of-8 shooting. What the hell was coach Gentry thinking keeping Williamson out of the game in the final three minutes when they easily could have pulled off a win with another bucket from Zion?
The Pelicans hurt themselves by missing 20 shots from behind the arc and committing 20 turnovers, six were charged to Jrue Holiday, who had 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting. Perhaps, the Pelicans can go inside on offense a bit more often and give Derrick Favors more touches, as he only had two points on three field-goal attempts.
The Pelicans are 3-1 against the spread in their last four games.
Betting on the LA Clippers (+4.5)
Regular Season Record: 44-21
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both balled hard but their efforts were put to waste by the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night, 103-101. Leonard had 28 points on 7-of-16 shooting, while George finished with 30 points. George was particularly hot from deep, sinking six of 11 tries from behind the arc in 34 minutes of action. As for the duo’s supporting cast, they didn’t get much outside of Reggie Jackson’s 10 points and Patrick Beverley’s 12. The Clippers had a hard time containing Anthony Davis, who torched them for 34 points. Without Montrezl Harrell to help defend the paint, the Clippers got outscored in the shaded area by 16 points. Harrell is still out of the Orlando bubble and his date of return remains unclear. If anything, at least the Clippers will have to deal with a less-formidable frontline in the game against the Pelicans.
The Clippers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games.
The Clippers win, 115-105.
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