Boston Celtics look to stay hot

Boston Celtics look to stay hot

The Boston Celtics continues their hope to finally be as hot as they were at the start of the season, when they meet the New Orleans Pelicans in this match. This meeting will be the second time these two teams meet this season, with the Celtics winning the first. Before this game, the Pelicans are from a win against the Wizards, while the Celtics won against the Bulls. This will be the last meeting between these two teams in the regular season this season, and both are aiming to get their second straight win. Celtics and Pelicans meet on January 12, 2023, at 8:30 AM (GMT+8), when the Boston host this match.

On their last game, the hosts had an eight-point victory against the Bulls, 107-99. During this match, they showed a tremendous defense, giving them the advantage at the end of the game. As they come into this game, they need to apply the same pressure they did on their last game, to stay hot this season. As for the visitors, they had a dominating game against the Wizards on their last game. At the end of that match, they won with 20 points, in a score of 132-112. On that meeting, they played efficiently at both ends of the floor, a record they need to maintain to win against the hosts.

Boston Celtics

NBA: Boston Celtics
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After struggling recently despite their strong start, the Celtics are finally back heating up in the league. Just by looking at their record, they are indeed a contender this season, just like what they were last season. They are currently in the top of the Eastern Conference, winning 29 of their 41 games this season. Celtics proved that they have several guys who could actually consistently be hot beyond the arc. From deep, they are shooting 37.2%, while doing well in the free-throw line with a percentage of 82.6%. Actually, this free-throw shooting percentage is currently the highest in the league. When it comes to contesting shots, they have been shooting consistently near the rim. Their defense in the perimeter area saved this squad multiple times, and this is what they want to bring in this game.

It was Jayson Tatum who leads the Celtics with 30.8 points per game, 8.1 rebounds, and 4.2 assists. Jaylen Brown is also helping the Celtics each game with 26.8 points per game, and 6.9 rebounds. However, the unfortunate news is that Marcus Smart is a doubt in this game, following his knee injury.

New Orleans Pelicans

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans
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The Pelicans are currently at the third of the Western Conference, winning 25 of their 16 matches. Coming into this game, this squad wants to weather every storm that comes in their way, trying to show up on the road. When it comes to beyond the arc, this team is actually doing well, shooting 36.5% from deep. This shooting percentage is the 12th highest in the league, and they are hoping to maintain that. Additionally, this is a team who could literally score everywhere, even shooting 78.2% from the free-throw line. When it comes to defense, they are doing well, forcing their opponents to shoot 34.3% from the arc. However, they must do anything so Celtics will not get hot from beyond the arc. They are the fourth in offense, having 117.4 points per game, and 14th in defense, surrendering 113.0 points per game.

Zion Williamson is the one leading the Pelicans with 26 points per game. However, he is out for this game as he is still recovering from his hamstring injury. Along with him is Brandon Ingram who is still nursing his toe injury, while E.J. Liddell is out too. Herbert Jones on the other hand is questionable for this game.

Prediction:

Boston Celtics
Total Under: 119.5
Odds: 0.88

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