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Pelicans home to Celtics in NBA betting action

Boston CelticsNew Orleans Pelicans
22-44March 16, 2014, 06:00 | New Orleans Arena26-39

The Pelicans will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Celtics tip off at New Orleans Arena on Sunday in NBA play.

Supporters of the Celtics have seen them go 22-44 and 32-33-1 ATS so far this season, while the Pelicans are at 26-39 and 27-33-5 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Pelicans are 32-33, while the Celtics are 27-39.View Boston Celtics vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Celtics before tip-off in this one found them as 5.5-point underdogs earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 196 at TopBet.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 24-rated Pelicans and the No. 17-rated Celtics in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 89-88 win for the Pelicans on Sunday.

Last time out for Boston, they were an 87-80 loser as they battled the Suns at home. The Celtics failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point underdog, while 167 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Boston got 11 points from Kris Humphries but lost anyway 87-80 against the Suns on Friday at TD Garden.

New Orleans was a 111-103 loser in its last match at home against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 214 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Pelicans got a terrific 36-point performance from Anthony Davis but Portland handed them a 111-103 defeat on Friday at New Orleans Arena.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New Orleans's No. 21-rated squad against Boston's No. 14-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New Orleans rates No. 28 in the league with 5.98 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 24 with 6.41 per outing.

A few Celtics at Pelicans trends to consider:
Boston is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
Boston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games on the road
New Orleans is 4-9-3 ATS in its last 16 games
New Orleans is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games
New Orleans is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Boston at Dallas, Monday, March 17th
New Orleans home to Toronto, Wednesday, March 19th