In this battle between two teams sitting on opposite sides of the Western Conference table, the first Los Angeles Lakers (27-7), are hosting the second-worse New Orleans Pelicans (11-23), with both teams having won their last 2 and 4 games respectively and looking to extend those winning streaks tonight.
Date/Time: 01-03-2020, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -10.5
Los Angeles Lakers have a 27-7 record (18-16 against the spread) and are sitting in the first place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Suns with a 117-107 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 27.3 ppg, adding a team high 9.3 boards per game. He is followed by LeBron James with 25.3 ppg, 7.7 boards and a team high 10.9 dimes per game.
New Orleans Pelicans have a 11-23 record (14-19-1 against the spread) and are sitting in the second to last place of the West. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won at home against the Rockets with a 127-112 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Brandon Ingram with 25.3 ppg, adding 7 boards and 3.9 dimes per game. He is followed by Jrue Holiday with 19.9 ppg, 4.9 boards and a team high 6.5 dimes per game.
In their previous meetings earlier this season the Lakers won on the road with a 110-114 score. Lakers are 12-4 at home, while Pelicans are 5-12 on the road. Both teams are very close offensively, scoring 112.6 and 112.3 ppg, while Lakers are better defensively, allowing 105.3 ppg to Pelicans’ 116.4. Lakers have a better field goal percentage (48.2% to 44.7%), while Pelicans have a better 3-point percentage (36.9% to 35%). Pelicans are better in boards grabbed (45.7 to 45.1), while Lakers are better both in turnovers committed (15.2 to 15.7) and in dimes made (26.1 to 24.9). Bookmakers give the Lakers a -10.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home victory.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -10.5 (-109)
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