Pelicans vs. Lakers Pick
Two of the worst in the West collide tonight when the Los Angeles Lakers host the New Orleans Pelicans at 10:30PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Lakers are the slim favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -3 points against the Pelicans. The over/under total for the game is listed at 218 points. The Pelicans have won and covered the spread in two of the three meetings this season.
New Orleans has lost and failed to cover the spread in four straight games to fall to 33-47 overall and 38-41-1 against the spread. New Orleans is averaging 104.5 points per game on offense this season while allowing 106.5 on defense. Over their last five games, New Orleans is averaging 113 points on offense while giving up 117 on defense. Both Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, who averaged a combined 42.4 points and 24.2 rebounds per game, are both out for tonight with injuries.
The Lakers are on a surprising four-game winning streak right now. They have also covered the spread in five straight to get to 25-55 overall and 36-42-2 against the spread. Los Angeles is averaging 104.7 points per game on offense while allowing 111.7 on defense. Over their last five games, the Lakers are putting up 104.4 points per game on offense while allowing 103.2 on defense. D’Angelo Russell is out for today’s game due to personal reasons, but Jordan Clarkson is averaging 14.7 points to lead the current squad.
The Pelicans really have nothing to offer as they are without a big chunk of their production. The Lakers don’t have a great lineup either, but the team has some young talent trying to prove itself and doing pretty well in recent games. The Lakers are also at home, which should provide an additional boost.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES LAKERS -3