Clippers vs Pelicans 2022 NBA Play-In Tournament: Odds, How to Watch, More

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Clippers
Apr 3, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (8) blocks the shot of New Orleans Pelicans forward Naji Marshall (8) during the first half at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NBA Play-In Tournament: New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Clippers

How to Watch:

  • Date: Friday, April 15
  • Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Arena in Los Angeles, CA
  • TV: TNT

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Tale of the Tape:

Clippers STAT Pelicans
44-40 Record 36-46
108.4 (23rd) Points Per Game 109.3 (21st)
108.4 (11th) Points Allowed Per Game 110.3 (13th)
6-4 Last Ten 6-4
25-16 at home Home/Away Record 17-24 on the road
24th Off Efficiency Rating 20th
8th Def Efficiency Rating 20th

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Los Angeles leaders:

Nov 5, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota forward Anthony Edwards (1) guards Los Angeles forward Paul George (13) at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports
  • Paul George, SG. – 24.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 5.7 APG, 2.2 SPG, 2.9 3PM/GM
  • Marcus Morris Sr., F. – 15.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.1 APG, 36.7% 3FG
  • Reggie Jackson, PG: – 16.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.8 APG


New Orleans leaders:

Apr 5, 2022; Sacramento, California, USA; New Orleans guard CJ McCollum (3) dribbles against Sacramento Kings guard Davion Mitchell (15) during the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
  • CJ McCollum, SG: 24.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.3 SPG, 39.4% 3PT
  • Brandon Ingram, SF: 22.7 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 5.6 APG
  • Jonas Valanciunas, C: 17.8 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 2.6 APG, 54.4% FG

Odds courtesy of Draftkings. For the latest odds, click here.


Key Injuries:

  • Kawhi Leonard, Clippers: Out (Knee)
  • Zion Williamson, Pelicans: Out (Foot)


Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • Head-to-head record: Pelicans 3-1 during the 2021 season.
  • Season Stats: Pelicans were also 3-1 ATS this season. Three of the four games went under the O/U total.
  • ATS Record: LAC is 40-42-1 (16th); NO 42-40-1 (15th)
  • ATS Home/Away: LAC is 20-21 at home (15th); NO 20-21 on the road (19th)
  • Pace of Play: LAC is 18th in pace, and NO is 21st

The Pick:

  • UPDATE: Paul George has tested positive for COVID and has been ruled out for tonight’s game. We still feel the analysis below is relevant to understanding the scope of the game, but the pick above has been changed to reflect the current game conditions. 
  • The Pelicans’ record against the Clippers this year cannot be ignored, and some teams just matchup well or play certain teams well.
  • A big factor for New Orleans has been the arrival of McCollum, who is averaging 25.2 points, 6.0 assists, and 4.6 rebounds per game on 49.5% shooting in time with the team. He also had 32 points with seven assists and six rebounds in the win over the Spurs, shooting 12-23 from the field.
  • However, Los Angeles may have an answer for him in Paul George, who remains one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. In fact, Los Angeles as a team is a stingy defense, as you can see from the ranking above. They also rank 6th in the NBA in field goal percentage allowed, 7th in three-point percentage allowed, and 2nd in true shooting percentage allowed. Their defense is made even better by the return of Norman Powell, a mid-season acquisition from Toronto who fractured a bone in his left foot in February but played 27 minutes against the Timberwolves and looked good, scoring 16 points on 5-9 shooting and adding three rebounds.
  • Meanwhile, on the other side, the New Orleans defense leaves a little to be desired. They rank 23rd in field goal percentage allowed, 26th in three-point percentage allowed, and 25th in true shooting percentage allowed. That could be bad news against a Los Angeles team that is 2nd in the NBA in three-point percentage; although, they are only 19th in true shooting percentage due to some struggles scoring inside.
  • Los Angeles had a lead against Minnesota late in the game and even saw Karl Anthony Towns foul out, but they were not able to adjust to the smaller lineup that Minnesota put out onto the court and wound up losing the game. I imagine they will be similarly prepared for New Orleans big man Jonas Valanciunas, and I have a feeling that the Los Angeles defense will win out for them in the end.

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