The Clippers will be on the road taking on the Pelicans int heir second head to head matchup of the season tonight. Both teams are coming into this one hot on four game winning streaks. The Pelicans won the first matchup 116-106 and the Clippers were at full strength in that game but that was before they turned the season around and went on a 15-4 run. Let's take a look at this matchup and get into our Clippers vs Pelicans Prediction - NBA Picks 1/5/24.
Los Angeles Clippers:
The Clippers have been on a strong run, with the team winning their last 11 games when Kawhi Leonard has played. Leonard's presence has been a significant factor, contributing on both ends of the court.
The Clippers' bench, featuring players like Russell Westbrook and Norman Powell, has been noted for its strength, which could be a key advantage over the Pelicans.
The Clippers' play style is characterized by a slower tempo, focusing on solid defense and a calculated offensive approach.
New Orleans Pelicans:
The Pelicans' All-Star forwards, Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, lead their scoring efforts. Ingram is averaging 22.8 points per game, while Williamson adds 22.1 points per game.
The Pelicans rank 14th in the NBA in offensive efficiency and 10th in defensive efficiency, indicating a well-balanced team. They also have a slightly faster tempo compared to the Clippers.
The game is expected to be a close contest, with both teams showcasing their defensive capabilities. However, I give the edge to the Clippers in this game with how well they have been playing over the last month.
A low-scoring, defensive battle is anticipated, given the play styles of both teams and their focus on solid defense.
Clippers 114 Pelicans 111