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Celtics vs. Pelicans odds, line, spread: 2022 NBA picks, MLK Day predictions from model on 52-28 run

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The New Orleans Pelicans (16-27) and the Boston Celtics (22-22) meet up for a showdown on Martin Luther King Day. New Orleans had its two-game win streak snapped in a loss against the Brooklyn Nets 120-105 over the weekend. Boston has won four of its last five games. The Celtics narrowly escaped with a 114-112 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. Marcus Smart (protocols) has been ruled out for Boston, while Zion Williamson (foot) remains out indefinitely for New Orleans.

Tipoff is at 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday from TD Garden. Boston is favored by 5.5 points in the latest Pelicans vs. Celtics odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is 214. Before making any Celtics vs. Pelicans picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model entered Week 13 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 52-28 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning almost $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Celtics vs. Pelicans, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Pelicans vs. Celtics:

  • Celtics vs. Pelicans spread: Boston -5.5
  • Celtics vs. Pelicans over-under: 214 points
  • Celtics vs. Pelicans line: Boston -230, New Orleans +190
  • BOS: Under is 6-0 in Celtics last six Monday games
  • NO: Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall

Why the Celtics can cover

Forward Jayson Tatum is having another All-Star-caliber season. He is currently ninth in the NBA in scoring (25.5) with 8.6 rebounds per game. Tatum has recorded 13 double-doubles, including three in his last four games. The Duke product dropped 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in the win over the Chicago Bulls.

Center Robert Williams III has been a force down low for Boston. He is averaging 10 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. The 2018 first-round pick has also tallied 13 double-doubles thus far. Williams III has been extremely efficient, shooting 74 percent from the floor. The Texas A&M product’s best outing came in the Dec. 22 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had 21 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks. 

Why the Pelicans can cover

Forward Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.9 points, six rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Ingram has scored at least 30 points in six different matchups. In the Jan. 11 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ingram dropped 33 points, four rebounds and nine assists. He was on fire from three, shooting 6-for-7 from beyond the arc.

Center Jonas Valanciunas is having a solid campaign. He is fourth in the NBA in rebounds (12), while averaging 18.3 points. Valanciunas has grabbed at least 15 boards in 10 games so far. The 2011 fifth overall pick had a dominant outing in the Nov. 29 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Valanciunas had 39 points, 15 rebounds while shooting 15-for-24 from the field. He was also on fire from downtown, finishing 7-for-8 from three. 

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How to make Pelicans vs. Celtics picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 220 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits almost 70 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Celtics vs. Pelicans? And which side of the spread hits almost 70 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.  

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