New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers Picks, Spread and Prediction

Two teams sitting on opposite sides of the Western Conference table are clashing tonight, when the defending champions and first Los Angeles Lakers (10-3), are hosting the second to last New Orleans Pelicans (4-5). The hosts are the hottest team in the league right now, with 8 wins in their last 9 games. On the other hand, the guests have three consecutive losses.

Date/Time: 01-15-2021, 22:00 EDT Spread: Los Angeles Lakers +8.5 Total: +219.5

Lakers have a 10-3 record (7-6 ATS, 4-9 O/U) and are first in the whole NBA. In their last game they won the Thunder on the road, 128-99, beating the odds. Under is 8-2 in their last 10 games, but in 4 of them the total was +220 points, which is the line today. In their 6 home games this season they have an average total of 228.5 points.

Pelicans have a 4-5 record (4-6 ATS, 5-5 O/U) and are tied for second-worse in the West. In their last game they lost by the Hornets at home, 110-118, not beating the odds. Over is 4-0 in their last 4 games, all by more than 220. But they are 4-0 under in all of their 4 road games with an average total of 202.75.

Lakers are 3-3 at home, while Pelicans are 2-2 on the road. They led the Pelicans 4-0 wins last season, winning both home games 118-109 and 123-113. All 4 games had more than 224 points scored. Over is 8-3 in their last 11 meetings and the last time they scored less than 220 points combined was back in 2017. Lakers are better both offensively (115.7 to 107 ppg) and defensively (105.2 to 107 ppg).

Over/Under is +219.5 for this game and over looks like a very good pick today.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Over +219.5 (-109)

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