Pelicans vs. Lakers Prediction

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With the Lakers not playing any where close to competitive basketball, are the Pelicans a good bet as a road favorite tonight at 9:30PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Lakers are now 6.5-point home underdogs versus the visiting Pelicans, who opened as 4.5-point favorites. As for the total, the number hit the board at 216 and that's where it currently sits.

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The Pelicans enter tonight's game having dropped six of their last 10 and are just 5-5 against the spread during that span. They're also 30-32 against the number on the season, which includes a road ATS record of 14-16.

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The Lakers have lost eight of 10 heading into tonight's contest and are just 3-6-1 against the spread over that span. They're also just 27-33 at the betting window on the season, which includes a home ATS mark of 12-15 on the year.

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OUR PREDICTION: The Pelicans have cashed in 15 of their last 20 road games versus the Lakers, while the road team in this series is also 28-13 at the betting window in the last 41 meetings. The Lakers have been a brutal play of late, going 0-5-1 against the number in their last six games overall and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four home games. They also have an ugly 3-13-1 ATS record in their last 17 games when playing an opponent with a winning percentage below .400, and are just 1-8 against the number in their last nine games versus Southwest opponents.

SUNDAY NBA PREDICTION: NEW ORLEANS PELICANS -6.5

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