Clippers Will Sink at Pace of Anthony Davis & Pelicans

Monday, October 22, 2018 6:38 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 6:38 PM UTC

The Pelicans and Clippers meet in New Orleans on Tuesday for their first of three meetings this season. With the way the Pelicans’ offense has looked so far, the Clippers will not be able to stop Anthony Davis and company.    

Season NBA Picks Record: 1-0

LA Clippers (2-1 SU & 2-1 ATS) at New Orleans (2-0 SU & 2-0 ATS)Tuesday, 8 p.m. ETFree Pick: PelicansBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Anthony Davis has shown now through two games why he was favored to win the MVP this season. The guy is a gifted athlete, and he is poised for a huge season if he stays healthy. With the Clippers coming to town, they stand little chance of stopping Davis, or the rest of the Pelicans’ talented frontcourt.

Clippers' Lack Of Front Court Depth

The Clippers’ defense has looked pretty good to start the season, even now without Deandre Jordan clogging up the middle. However, that will stand to change as the season goes on. They are still allowing 105 points per 100 possessions, and that will sky rocket tonight against the Pelicans.

Tobias Harris is a nice player, but he will struggle to defend Nikola Mirotic and Julius Randle when either are in the game. On top of that, the combination of Marcin Gortat, Boban Marjanovic, and Montrezl Harrell stand little chance of stopping Davis.

That is going to lead to lots of easy buckets in the paint, and lots of kick-outs to the Pelicans’ shooters. Add in Elfrid Payton and Jrue Holiday getting into the paint, and the Clippers’ defense will have a hard time adjusting and rotating with all of the talent in New Orleans.

Without a versatile player like Jordan who can glue onto Davis, the Clippers have no choice but to double team Davis. That will lead to even more looks for the talented group around AD.

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Wheels up to New Orleans.

— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) October 22, 2018

The Sharp Pick

At the pace this game will be played at, it’s no wonder the total opened up at 234.5 points. The Pelicans own a 130.7 offensive rating through two games and their pace is 107 possessions per 48 minutes.

The Clippers on the other hand have slowed down a lot to start the season. They are playing at the league’s 27th ranked pace. It’s not that they can’t run, but it looks like Doc Rivers thinks their best chances of winning come in the half court.

However, on the road in New Orleans, the Pelicans will be trying to push the pace and flow of this game. If they can jump out on the Clippers early and get a lead, Los Angeles doesn’t have the offensive firepower to keep up. If the Clippers’ defense comes to play, they have a shot in this one, but with the spread only at -7 in the opening NBA Odds, it’s worth it to take a shot on the Pelicans.

Last season New Orleans was 36-25 ATS against the Western Conference, including 7-2 ATS in the playoffs. After covering their last two games with ease, the Pelicans simply have most of the Western Conference’s number right now outside of Golden State. I’m going to ride them while they’re hot until they show signs of regressing.

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