2022 NBA playoffs: Clippers vs. Pelicans prediction, odds, play-in tournament picks by model on 85-55 roll – CBSSports.com

After losing their final two meetings in 2020-21, the Los Angeles Clippers‘ struggles against the New Orleans Pelicans continued this season as they dropped the first three matchups. Los Angeles finally ended the slide earlier this month, posting a 119-100 home victory on April 3. The Clippers (42-40) aim to make it back-to-back triumph in the series when they host the Pelicans (36-46) in the 2022 NBA play-in tournament on Friday. The winner will earn the eighth seed in the Western Conference and take on top-seeded Phoenix in the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs. Los Angeles is expected to be without Paul George, who reportedly entered health and safety protocols on Friday. Luke Kennard (hamstring) is questionable for Los Angeles. 

Tipoff at Crypto.com Arena is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists this game as a pick’em in the latest Clippers vs. Pelicans odds, a four-point swing after Los Angeles opened at -4 before the George news. The over-under for total points is set at 215.5. Before making any Pelicans vs. Clippers picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters the 2022 NBA playoffs on a stunning 85-55 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning almost $2,400. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Clippers vs. Pelicans and just locked in its NBA picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Pelicans vs. Clippers:

  • Clippers vs. Pelicans spread: PK
  • Clippers vs. Pelicans over-under: 215.5 points 
  • Clippers vs. Pelicans money line: Los Angeles -110, New Orleans -110
  • LAC: The Clippers are 6-0 against the spread in their last six games against teams with a losing record 
  • NO: The Pelicans are 38-17 ATS in their last 55 meetings with the Clippers

Why the Clippers can cover

Plenty of players contributed offensively against the Pelicans in their final regular-season contest as seven scored in double figures. Marcus Morris Jr. went 4-for-6 from beyond the arc en route to a game-high 22 points. Meanwhile, Ivica Zubac and Reggie Jackson each posted a double-double, with the former recording 16 points and 14 rebounds and the latter registering 11 points and 10 assists.

That balanced approach is what the Clippers will need again on Friday with George out and Kawhi Leonard (ACL) not cleared to return yet. Norman Powell could also be an x-factor for Los Angeles. The high-scoring wing has only appeared in six games for the Clippers since being acquired from the Trail Blazers in February due to a foot injury. He’s averaged 20.5 points, however, and he could see that total rise as his minutes increase on Friday. 

Why the Pelicans can cover

Los Angeles has already been without Leonard all season, so George’s absence on Friday night is a huge blow. The Clippers struggled during his 25-game absence during the regular season before winning six of their final eight games. George is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 24.3 points per game.

Meanwhile, New Orleans won three out of the four meetings between these teams this season. The Pelicans have a pair of top-level scorers in Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum, which is going to be too much for a George-less team to deal with. McCollum has played in plenty of playoff games during his career, providing some crucial experience for his team. 

How to make Clippers vs. Pelicans picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, with the teams projected to combine for 223 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits almost 70 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s Pelicans vs. Clippers pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Pelicans vs. Clippers? And which side of the spread hits almost 70 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Clippers vs. Pelicans spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.