At 10:30 ET, the Pelicans (-110) will face the Lakers (-111) at Crypto.com Arena. The over/under line for this Western Conference matchup is 235.5.
Los Angeles is 27-26 and currently 9th in the Western Conference. New Orleans is 30-21 and has won four straight games. The Pelicans are favored by one point.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS VS LOS ANGELES LAKERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -1
This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena at 10:30 ET on Friday, February 9th.
WHY BET THE NEW ORLEANS PELICANS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 118-115 in favor of the Pelicans.
- Our projections have Brandon Ingram finishing with Brandon Ingram points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
- From the field, we have the Pelicans finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.6% and knocking down 14 threes.
Will New Orleans Come Through as Road Favorites?
In Pelicans games this season, the average combined scoring total is 229.4 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 235.5, which is slightly higher than their season average of 230.4.
New Orleans has an O/U record of 24-27 this season, and 37 of their games have had lower O/U lines than today’s. The under is 16-21 in their games with lower lines than 235.5.
As for their ATS record, the Pelicans are 29-22 for the season, including a 14-12 mark on the road. They have covered the spread in their last two games and are favored by 1 point today.
In their last game, the Pelicans defeated the Clippers by a score of 117-106. The O/U line for that game was 234.5 points, and New Orleans covered the spread as 5.5-point underdogs.
With a win in their last game, the Pelicans have now won four straight games. This has helped them move into 6th place in the Western Conference with a record of 30-21.
When it comes to scoring, the Pelicans have been slightly better on the road than at home, averaging 116.8 points per game compared to 117.0 at home. Overall, they are 13th in the NBA in scoring at 116.9 points per game.
One area where the Pelicans have excelled is their field goal percentage, as they are 9th in the league at 48%. They are also 9th in true shooting percentage.
In terms of pace, the Pelicans are 18th in the NBA at 98.3 possessions per game. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are 8th in three-point percentage but just 23rd in three-point attempts.
At this time, the Pelicans’ defense is positioned 9th in the NBA, permitting 112.5 points per game. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Pelicans squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 56.0% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 34.3% from downtown.
Will the Lakers Defense Show Up at Home?
Today, the Lakers are 1-point underdogs at home against the Pelicans. This season, the Lakers have gone 8-16 as underdogs and have a scoring differential of -6.5 points per game in those games.
Los Angeles’ ATS record for the season is 23-30, and they have failed to cover in their last two games. At home, they are 12-14 ATS, while going 11-16 ATS on the road.
In the Western Conference, the Lakers are currently in 9th place with a record of 27-26. Against other Western Conference teams, they are 18-17 compared to 9-9 in non-conference games.
In their last game, the Lakers lost to the Nuggets by a score of 114-106. The O/U line for that game was 232.5, and the Lakers were 3-point underdogs going into the game.
On average, the Lakers’ games have finished with 233.1 points per game, which is lower than today’s O/U line of 235.5. This season, the Lakers have gone 29-24 on the over/under.
At home, the Lakers are 15th in the NBA in scoring at 116.3 points per game. Overall, they are 14th in the league with an average of 116 points per game. In terms of pace, they are 6th in the NBA at 101 possessions per game.
So far this season, the Lakers have been one of the best shooting teams in the league. They are 7th in field goal percentage at 49% and are 11th in true shooting percentage. However, they have struggled from beyond the arc, ranking 30th in three-point attempts and 29th in three-point makes.
When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, the Lakers are 6th in the NBA in attempts at 24.5 per game. In terms of assists, they are 8th in the league at 28.3 per game. On the offensive glass, the Lakers are 30th in the NBA with an average of 8.3 offensive rebounds per game.
The Lakers’ defense is presently ranked 18th in the league, allowing an average of 117.1 points per contest. Los Angeles struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Nuggets, giving up 10. For the game, Denver scored 114 points in the game.