Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction 4/14/2024

The Los Angeles Lakers (46-35) travel to face off against the New Orleans Pelicans (49-32) on Sunday, April 14th. This game will be played at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans and televised on ESPN. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 3:30 ET.

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The Lakers Are Coming Off A Win

In their most recent game, the Lakers took down the Grizzlies by a score of 123-120. The Lakers were favored by -15.5 heading into the game, but their 3 point victory failed to cover the spread. Before the game, the over/under line was 227 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.

When playing on the road this season, the Lakers are 18-21 compared to a 28-14 record at home. Overall, the Lakers are 46-35 and are 1-2 in their last three games.

Los Angeles has an overall ATS record of 37-44 as they come into today’s game. Los Angeles has failed to cover the spread in two straight home games and are 20-22 ATS at home compared to 17-22 on the road.

The Pelicans Are Coming Off A Win

In the Pelicans’ most recent game against the Warriors, CJ McCollum led the Pelicans with 28 points while going 10/21 from the field. The Pelicans picked up a 114-109 win, and Zion Williamson also added 26 points which was 2nd on the team.

In their matchup with the Lakers, the Pelicans will be looking to improve on their above .500 record of 49-32. So far, the team is 6th in the Western Conference and holds the 2nd spot in the Southwest division.

The Pelicans have covered the spread successfully in their previous two games and maintain an overall ATS record of 43-37. The Pelicans have experienced a six game ATS loss streak as favorites, and they are 20-12 vs. the spread when they are underdogs.

Lakers Offense Breakdown

Leading up to today’s matchup, the Lakers are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 118 points per game (7th).

When it comes to scoring, the Lakers are 7th in the NBA with 118 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 116.8 points per game. In terms of pace, the Lakers are 3rd in the league at 101.2 possessions per game.

So far this season, the Lakers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 58% of their games. When it comes to field goal percentage, they are 3rd in the league at 49%. However, they are 30th in offensive rebounds with just 8.3 per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Lakers are 8th in three-point percentage at 37%. However, they are just 28th in three-point attempts at 31.4 per game. In terms of free throws, the Lakers are 2nd in the NBA in both attempts and makes.

Pelicans Offense Breakdown

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Through 81 games the Pelicans are averaging 115.2 points per contest, placing them 13th in the NBA.

At home, the Pelicans are averaging 115.1 points per game, which is 16th in the NBA. Overall, they are 13th in scoring at 115.2 points per game. When it comes to field goal percentage, they are 8th in the league at 48%. In terms of pace, the Pelicans are 18th at 97.3 possessions per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Pelicans are 6th in the NBA at 38%. However, they are just 25th in three-point attempts per game. In terms of free throws, they are 8th in attempts and 13th in makes at 17.7 per game.

Overall, the Pelicans are 13th in the NBA in assists at 27 per game. When it comes to offensive rebounds, they are 17th in the league at 10.4 per game.

Lakers Team Defense

So far, the Lakers’ defense is ranked 23rd in the league at 117.6 points per contest. Opponents are hitting 54.1% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.7% of their three-point attempts.

Pelicans Team Defense

Coming into the game, the Pelicans’ defense has finished four straight games with an increased number of points allowed. Overall, they are 8th in the league at 110.5 points per game allowed. New Orleans’ defense is currently forcing 12.3 turnovers per game, which is 14th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 22nd in blocked shots, with an average of 4.7 rejections per game.

Key Players For The Lakers And Pelicans

The outlook for today’s matchup points to LeBron James as the primary point contributor for the Lakers, finishing with 26 points while maintaining a 10/18 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 25.6 points per game, along with 7.2 rebounds.

As for New Orleans, Zion Williamson is projected to be the primary scorer for the Pelicans. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 23, and adding 6 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 57.4%, and he is contributing 23 points per game on average.

Lakers vs Pelicans Trends

  • Through their last three road games, Los Angeles has an ATS record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 3-0 while averaging 125 points per game.
  • When looking at their past five home matchups, New Orleans has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 117 per game. The team went 5-0 overall in these games.
  • In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Lakers have a straight up record of 0-3 and an ATS mark of 0-3.
  • Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Pelicans have a straight up record of 5-5. But, their mark vs the spread was just 3-7.

Lakers vs Pelicans Prediction

Coming in as the underdogs at +3.5, we have the Lakers as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 230, and our model predicts the Lakers and Pelicans to score a combined 233 points. We recommend betting on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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