Boston Celtics vs New Orleans Pelicans 3-30-2024

Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans 3/30/24 NBA Betting Forecast, Picks and Predictions

Boston Celtics (57-15) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (44-28)


Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans 3/30/24 – As the NBA regular season winds down, a captivating matchup is set to unfold at the Smoothie King Center, where the Boston Celtics, boasting a league-leading 57-15 record, face off against the formidable New Orleans Pelicans, holding a solid 44-28 stance. This Saturday, the encounter is not just a regular game; it’s a potential preview of playoff intensity basketball. With leading handicapper predictions leaning heavily on the outcome of this game, fans and bettors alike are keyed up for what promises to be an electrifying showdown.


The Celtics have been the best team in the league this year. Their solid offensive performance, which comes with their wins, is astounding. They have an average of 121.1 points and they also have a field goal percentage to perfection of 48.6%. Furthermore, Boston has a strong rebounding and ball handling skills, gathering 46.4 RPG and dishing out 26.6 assists per game. Yet their poise on the hardwood has been equally disciplined as they have kept up an average of around 11.3 turnovers in each game.


Meanwhile the New Orleans Pelicans lead as a possible title contender with an average 115.7 points per game, and a slight upper hand in field goal percentage at 48.9%. They implemented a top-notch defensive scheme and averaged 8.2 steals and 4.8 blocks, transferring into frequent fast breaks. The Pellicans have shown very good attempts to commit fouls and make free throws, 23.1 marked for 76.8% respectively.


Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans 3/30/24 Game Info


When: Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 5:00 PM ET
Where: Smoothie King Center
Stream: NBA League Pass


Jayson Tatum (SF) vs. Zion Williamson (PF)


Jayson Tatum has been a pillar of the Celtics team not only as their highest scorer (27.3 ppg) but also putting a lot of work on the glass and as a playmaker in the offense. Through his multipurpose abilities, Tatum is useful in a number of ways on the court but his 2.6 turnovers per game could determine the difference in close contests as ball security becomes paramount.


On the contrary, Zion Williamson has been a pretty aggressive offensive player for Pelicans, who are averaging 22.7 points and making 48.9% of his shots. Combining the longitude of Williamson on both sides with 5.1 assists per game, illustrates his comprehensive influence. In spite of this, his 2.7 per game turnover clearly indicates he still has work to do in decision making in pressure.


When Tatum goes neck-to-neck with Williamson, it is not just a contest of scoring. It is a tactical conflict that could determine game tempo and flow of play. The matchup between Tatum’s perimeter skills and Williamson’s interior brilliance is definitely going to fascinate as their stats would probably tilt the balance in one team’s favour.


NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD


Given the Celtics’ dominance this season and assuming they are the favorites. However, upsets are not uncommon in the NBA, especially in games with playoff atmosphere vibes.


Boston Celtics Betting Trends


Celtics have a good record in last 5 games – 4 wins out of 5, showing their capability to continue the trend. Even with a 3-2 record against the spread in the last 5 games, they have shown to be a resilient team on the road with an ATS score of 18-1. The word over has often come up indicating that their games usually result in high scoring affairs.


New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends


The Pelicans’ record of 3-2 matches that of the Clippers, but their ATS record raises the question of whether they have been consistent in covering spreads. Their road record of 20-16 speaks to their ability to make the games competitive and at the same time with the Celtics’ pattern towards high-scoring meetings.


Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans 3/30/24 Betting Picks


Looking through the statistics and the betting trends, the game is going to be close, and with a very small advantage expected to be with the Celtics due to their far better scoring and assist rates. Nevertheless, the Pelicans’ defensive statistics keep it in mind, especially its skill to disrupt plays.


In terms of NBA daily predictions, expect a high-scoring game that ultimately sees the Celtics leveraging their offensive efficiency to secure a win, but not without a strong challenge from the Pelicans. With both teams displaying a preference for a high scoring game, betting on the over could be a good selection provided that the total was set at a decent level.


Free Pick and Prediction: Boston Celtics 118, New Orleans Pelicans 112.


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