Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction 4/16/2024

The Los Angeles Lakers (47-35) travel to face off against the New Orleans Pelicans (49-33) on Tuesday, April 16th. This game will be played at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans and televised on TNT. The Lakers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pelicans are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pelicans. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.

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The Lakers Are Coming Off A Win

Anthony Davis scored 30 for Los Angeles against the Pelicans which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 55.2%. As the Lakers secured the victory with a final score of 124-108, LeBron James also chipped in with 28 points.

So far this season, the Lakers are 47-35 overall and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. When playing against Western Conference teams, the Lakers are 27-25 and have gone 20-10 in non-conference play.

Los Angeles arrives with an ATS record of 38-44 for the season up to this point. Los Angeles has not been good vs. the spread in their last two home games, and they are 20-22 ATS at home compared to 18-22 on the road.

The Pelicans Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

New Orleans’ most recently played the Lakers and lost with a final score of 124-108. The Pelicans not only lost the game but also failed to cover the spread as -1.5 point favorites. Before the game, the over/under line was 231.5 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.

Coming into today’s game vs. the Lakers, the Pelicans are looking to add to their above .500 record of 49-33. In the Western Conference, they are currently 7th and are 2nd in the Southwest Division.

New Orleans currently has an ATS record of 43-38, placing them above .500 against the spread. On the road, the Pelicans have an ATS record of 23-18 compared to a 20-20 record vs. the spread at home.

Lakers Offense Breakdown

The Lakers come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 118 points per game (6th).

Heading into tonight’s game, the Lakers are 6th in the NBA in scoring at 118 points per game. So far, they have outscored the league average in 58.5% of their games. On the road, they are averaging 117 points per game.

This season, the Lakers are 3rd in the NBA in field goal percentage at 49%. In terms of pace, they are 4th in the league at 101.2 possessions per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Lakers are 8th in three-point shooting percentage at 37%. However, they are just 28th in three-point attempts per game and 24th in made threes.

Pelicans Offense Breakdown

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The Pelicans come into today’s game as the 13th ranked scoring offense at 115.1 points per game.

When it comes to scoring, the Pelicans are 13th in the NBA at 115.1 points per game. At home, they are averaging 114.9 points per game this season.

So far, New Orleans has outscored the NBA scoring average in 46.3% of their games this season. In terms of field goal percentage, the Pelicans are 9th in the league at 48%.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Pelicans are 7th in the NBA with a three-point percentage of 38%. However, they are just 18th in three-pointers made per game at 12.5.

Lakers Team Defense

On defense, the Lakers come into the game ranked 23rd in the league in points allowed at 117.4 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 120.7 points per contest (25th). When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Lakers squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 54.1% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.7% from downtown.

Pelicans Team Defense

Although the Pelicans’ defense is 8th in the league defensively this season, over their last three games they have allowed 118.7 points per contest, which is 23rd in the NBA. Inside the arc, the Pelicans defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.5% and 34.9% from three-point territory.

Key Players For The Lakers And Pelicans

In today’s game, we anticipate LeBron James leading the scoring for the Lakers, contributing 26 points while shooting 10/18 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 25.7 points per game, in addition to 7.3 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 is shooting at a field goal percentage of 57%, and his scoring average is 22.9 points per game.

Lakers vs Pelicans Trends

  • Across the Lakers last ten road games, the team averaged 119 points per game while allowing 115. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 6-4, while going 8-2 straight-up.
  • In their last five home games, New Orleans has averaged 117 points per game while allowing 107. The team’s record in this stretch was 5-0 while going 3-2 vs. the spread.
  • Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Pelicans have a straight up record of 7-3. But, their mark vs the spread was just 7-3.
  • In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Lakers have a strong straight up record of 5-0. In addition, their ATS record was 3-2 in these scenarios.

Lakers vs Pelicans Prediction

The Lakers is our selection to secure the victory, with a projected score of 121-115. We also like them to cover the spread, so we suggest betting on the Lakers at -1.

As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 223.5, and our model projects the Lakers and Pelicans to reach a combined total of 236 points. Our bet is on taking the over.

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

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