Lakers vs. Pelicans Prediction
After a competitive game in Los Angeles earlier in the week, will the Lakers be able to go on the road and get past the New Orleans Pelicans tonight at 8PM ET?
573 Los Angeles Lakers vs. 574 New Orleans Pelicans
Sunday, March 1, 2020
8PM ET – Smoothie King Center
TV – ESPN
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, the Lakers are the slim favorite on the road, as they are getting odds of -2.5 points against the Pelicans. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 233.5 points. The public betting currently is unavailable for this game. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Lakers end win streak
Los Angeles had a 7-game win streak come to an end last night in a 105-88 loss at Memphis. The Lakers are 45-13 on the season, 24-6 on the road, 31-26-1 against the spread and 30-28 with the under.
The Lake Show averages 114.4 points per game on offense this season while shooting 48.5 percent from the field as a team. Defensively, the Lakers are giving up just 107 points per game while opponents shoot 44.7 percent against them. LeBron James leads the team with 25.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 10.6 assists per game. He aggravated a groin injury against New Orleans, but did play last night. Anthony Davis is adding 26.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game for Los Angeles.
Pelicans bounce back
New Orleans is coming off a 116-104 win at home over Cleveland on Friday to bounce back from its loss in Los Angeles earlier in the week, 118-109. New Orleans is now 26-33 on the season, 12-17 at home, 30-27-2 against the spread and 33-26 with the over.
The Pelicans are putting up 115.8 points per game on offense this season while shooting 46.3 percent as a team. Defensively, New Orleans is giving up 116.8 points per game while opponents shoot 46.5 percent against them. New Orleans is without veteran shooter JJ Redick tonight due to a hamstring injury. He averages 14.9 points per game. Brandon Ingram is averaging 24.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game to lead the team. Zion Williamson is adding 23.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Lakers have covered the spread in five straight when on no rest and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a failed cover.
The Pelicans are 10-4-1 against the spread in their last 15 games as an underdog and 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games following a win.
The Lakers have won all three games with the Pelicans this season, including the 118-109 win at home earlier this week. The Pelicans were competitive, but they are just too young to really compete with the best right now. Los Angeles is coming off a bad loss on the road last night, but LeBron and company are good at bouncing back, even on no rest. James is too proud to let Zion steal his thunder right now, so I expect the Lakers to be at their best tonight.
NBA Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -2.5