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The playoff roster for the Western Conference will be set when the Play-in Tournament will take place on Friday night. It's a win-and-in, lose-and-go-home tournament, as the winning team will earn the No. 8 seed in the West while the loser's 2021-22 campaign comes to an end.
Today, let's get a look at the odds and best bets for this New Orleans-Los Angeles contest.
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Odds for the New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers
The Pelicans are -1 road favorites against the Clippers. If you wager on New Orleans against the spread (ATS), your wager is a winner if the Pelicans win by at least two points. An ATS bet on the Clippers is successful if they either lose by at least one point or win outright. Both teams are priced at -110. That means a successful $1.10 bet receives a profit of $1 and a successful $11 bet earns a profit.
The game total is set at 216 points. An over bet is victorious if at least 217 combined points are scored between the two teams, while an under bet is won if no more than 215 points are scored. If New Orleans and Los Angeles combine for exactly 216 points, all wagers are pushed and the stakes are returned.
Pelicans -1 (-110) in New Orleans against the Los Angeles Clippers
So far, all four home teams have won in the Play-in Tournament, which indicates that the Pelicans have a tough test on their hands for Friday night. It should certainly be much tougher than a home encounter with the Spurs, whom New Orleans lost 113-103 from start to finish, although seeing a 21-point advantage get reduced to six with five minutes remaining was less than encouraging.
The Clippers won the No. 7 vs. No. 8 contest on Tuesday and lost 109-104. On the bright side, Paul George scored 34 points on six three-pointers in 41 minutes played. However, the Clippers will be without George this season, compared to 19-13 when he is on the court. Powell will likely play tonight, while looking to fill the scoring hole left by George. The Clippers have won just 1-3 against New Orleans on the season.
Under 216 (-110) are the Pelicans against the Los Angeles Clippers in New Orleans.
Home teams winning play-in games is not the only trend that has so far. We have also seen quite a drop in scoring throughout four games, and the under has cashed in all four games. Defensive intensity generally ratchets up and the tempo slows down when the stakes rise.
The Pelicans faced a San Antonio team that played at the fourth-fastest pace this season and finished with a modest 216 points. Both New Orleans and Los Angeles are in the bottom 10 of the league in offensive efficiency, while the Clippers are sixth in defensive capacity.
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