Two teams sitting on opposite sides of the Western Conference table are clashing today, when the playoff bound New Orleans Pelicans (42-30), looking to extend their current winning streak and secure the highest placement possible in the upcoming postseason, are hosting the rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers (31-39), who want to end a losing streak of their own. Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-22-2018, 18:00 EDT
Spread: New Orleans Pelicans -3.5
Pelicans have a 42-30 record (39-32-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Spurs in the 5th place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Pacers with a 96-92 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 28.2 ppg, adding 11.2 rebounds per game. Jrue Holiday adds 19 ppg and 5.8 assists, while DeMarcus Cousins will miss the rest of the season with an injury.
Lakers have a 31-39 record (37-33 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 11th place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Pacers with a 100-110 score, not beating the odds. They show impressive offensive pluralism with seven players in double digit scoring, led by Brandon Ingram with 16.2 ppg, adding 5.4 rebounds per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Julius Randle with 15.9 ppg and a team high 7.9 rebounds per game, while Isiah Thomas adds 15.6 ppg and 5.2 assists per game.
Pelicans have won both previous meetings against the Lakers earlier this season (by 22 points at home and by 7 on the road.). Pelicans are 15-12 at home so far this season, while Lakers are 13-23 on the road. The Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 111.5 ppg to Lakers’ 108.3, while Lakers are better defensively, allowing 109.9 ppg to Pelicans’ 110.8. Pelicans have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 48.21% to Lakers’ 46.21% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.36% to Lakers’ 34.47%. They are also second-best in assists made, with 26.4 to Lakers’ 23.8, while Lakers are only better in rebounding (46.3 to 44). Pelicans are the absolute favorite despite playing their third game in three days. Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat those odds.
Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans -3.5 (-111)
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