Free NBA Picks Today: Boston Celtics vs New Orleans Pelicans 1/11/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Boston Celtics vs New Orleans Pelicans 1/11/23
Wed 11th January 2023

It figures to be a high-scoring affair when the New Orleans Pelicans (25-16, 8-11 Away) head to face the Boston Celtics (29-12, 16-5 Home) on Wednesday. New Orleans outplayed the Washington Wizards 132-112 at Capital One Arena on Monday.

CJ McCollum led the way with 34 points. The Pelicans are 2.5 games back in the Western Conference, currently sitting in third. Boston won their third in a row on Monday at TD Garden, beating the Chicago Bulls 107-99.

Jayson Tatum had 32 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists to lead the team. The Celtics are first in the Eastern Conference, one game ahead of the Brooklyn Nets. The teams are meeting for the final time this season.

After winning the only prior season matchup against New Orleans 117-109 at Smoothie King Center in November 2022, their third straight head-to-head victory, Boston will be pursuing a season sweep. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 27 points, while Derrick White was a key contributor with 26 points.

Brandon Ingram had 25 points and seven assists in defeat.The Pels have been led this season by Zion Williamson, who is averaging 26.0 points per game. Meanwhile, Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.7 rebounds per game, and McCollum is dishing 5.8 assists.

Tatum and Brown have supplied much of the Celts’ offense, averaging 30.8 and 26.8 points per game, respectively. Tatum ranks fourth in the league. Tatum also has pulled down 8.1 rebounds per game. Marcus Smart has distributed 7.2 assists per game.

The Celtics and the Pelicans are averaging 118.5 and 117.4 points per game, respectively, two of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA.The Pelicans are 4-6 in their last 10 trips to TD Garden. Boston has won five straight at home this season.

In the last 10 games, New Orleans is 6-4 with an average margin of +2.6 (116.9-114.3). Boston has gone 7-3 over the last 10, scoring 119.4 points per game on average while allowing 113.9 (+5.5 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Naji Marshall: 26.0 | 15.9 | +10.1
Trey Murphy III: 12.0 | 17.5 | -5.5
Points per game:
Naji Marshall: 18.2 | 10.0 | +8.2
Trey Murphy III: 9.2 | 12.4 | -3.2
Rebounds per game:
Jonas Valanciunas: 12.2 | 9.7 | +2.5
Assists per game:
Zion Williamson: 7.0 | 4.6 | +2.4


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points per game:
Marcus Smart: 7.8 | 11.1 | -3.3
Rebounds per game:
Jaylen Brown: 5.0 | 6.9 | -1.9
Assists per game:

Jayson Tatum: 5.4 | 4.2 | +1.2

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

NO Pelicans +9.5 (-110)

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