Clippers vs. Pelicans: Live Stream, TV Channel, Time, Watch NBA Play-in Tournament Online, Odds, Prediction

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The Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans will square off for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoffs on Friday night. The winner of the game will face the top-seeded Phoenix Suns in the first round, while the offseason will begin for the losing team. The Pelicans earned their place in the game by beating the San Antonio Spurs in their first play-in game, while the Clippers have one more chance after dropping their first play-in game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The two teams met four times during the regular season, with the Pelicans winning three of those contests, although the Clippers won the last meeting earlier this month.

Here’s what you need to know about the playoff between New Orleans and Los Angeles.

(8) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (9) New Orleans Pelicans

  • When: Friday April 15 | 10 p.m. ET
  • Or: Crypto.com Arena – Los Angeles, CA
  • TV: DTT | Direct: fuboTV (Free Trial)
  • Odds: BAC +100; NO -120; O/U 216 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Featured Game | Los Angeles Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Scenarios

Mowers: The biggest scenario for the Clippers before this game is the absence of Paul George. He would have been placed under NBA health and safety protocols on Friday morning and will therefore be forced to miss the game. It’s obviously a blow for the Clippers, since George is the best player on the team with Kawhi Leonard still on the sidelines. In Los Angeles’ last game, George dropped 34 points and added seven rebounds and five assists. That’s a lot of production to replace.

The only silver lining for the Clippers here is that they have plenty of playing experience without George this season, as the multi-faceted forward played just 31 games during the regular season. The Clippers will have to build on that experience against the Pelicans if they hope to extend their season.

Pelicans: The Pelicans are looking to pull off one of the most impressive turnovers in recent memory. After starting the season with 1-12, New Orleans is just one win away from a playoff berth. This turnaround is particularly impressive considering that Zion Williamson hasn’t played a game for the team this season. The addition of CJ McCollum on schedule gave the team a big boost, as he and Brandon Ingram formed a powerful offensive duo for New Orleans. The Pelicans will have to rely on these two players against LA in order to extend their impressive season.

Prediction

This one could go either way, but Paul George’s absence could be enough to swing things in New Orleans’ favor. The Pelicans have been playing great basketball since the All-Star break, and they seem motivated to make the playoffs after being written off by many early in the season. Pick: Pelicans – 1

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