Update: Paul George has entered health and safety protocols, which means he’s out for the play-in game Friday night. This is a big loss for the Clippers, and it has shifted the lines significantly for this contest. If you got Pelicans +4, congratulations. That line is now Pelicans -1, with the total moving to 214.5.
The final playoff spot in the Western Conference will be on the line on Friday as the New Orleans Pelicans travel to Crypto.com Arena to meet the Los Angeles Clippers in the final game of the play-in tournament. The winner will clinch the No. 8 seed in the west bracket and will meet the No. 1 Phoenix Suns in the first round.
Los Angeles ended up in this elimination game by falling at Minnesota 109-104 on Tuesday. The Clippers wilted down the stretch despite having a six-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and Karl-Anthony Towns fouling out. Paul George stepped up with 34 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in the loss.
New Orleans held complete control during its play-in matchup against San Antonio on Wednesday, downing the Spurs 113-103 in what could be Gregg Popovich’s final game. CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram joined forced to combine for 59 points in the victory.
Los Angeles enters the game as a four-point favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook. The total is currently set at 216.
Pelicans vs. Clippers, 10:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Pick against the spread: Pelicans -1 (was Pelicans +4)
The teams met recently on April 3 and that resulted in a 119-100 blowout victory for the Clippers. The Pelicans shot just 40.2 percent from the field that night and one would imagine they’d put up a better shooting performance in this elimination game.
With it being do-or-die, McCollum, Ingram, and company will throw everything at the wall against a Clippers team that was just 14-15 against the spread as a home favorite this year. Take the points with New Orleans.
Over/Under: Under 214.5 (was Under 216)
Things tend to get tight in playoff basketball, especially during elimination games where the two teams will take their time with each possession to make sure everything is running smoothly. Take the under here.
Player Prop: Reggie Jackson Over 20.5 points (+100)
George has been ruled out, which means Jackson takes over as the team’s top scoring option. If Luke Kennard sits again, look for the point guard to top this mark easily. At plus money, this is a strong prop.
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