The New Orleans Pelicans (30-21) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Lakers (27-26) on Friday, February 9th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and televised on NBA. The Pelicans are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Lakers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Clippers. Tip-off is set for 10:30 ET.
Pelicans vs Lakers
The Pelicans Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Pelicans bested the Clippers with a score of 117-106. Going into the second half the Pelicans held the lead at 55-47.
Heading into today’s matchup against the Lakers, the Pelicans are hoping to add to their overall record of 30-21 which has them above .500. In Western Conference play, the Pelicans are 21-17 and are 9-4 against non-conference opponents.
New Orleans comes in with an overall ATS record of 29-22 so far this season. The Pelicans maintain an ATS record of 14-12 on the road, while they have a 15-10 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
The Lakers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Lakers’ most recent matchup against the Nuggets saw Anthony Davis lead the Lakers with 32 points while shooting 14/27 from the field. LeBron James put up 25 points which was 2nd on the team, but it wasn’t enough as Los Angeles ended up losing the game with a final score of 114-106.
Coming into today’s game against the Pelicans, the Lakers have a record of 27-26 and are above .500. In the Western Conference, they are ranked 9th and are 4th in the Pacific division.
Los Angeles comes in with an overall ATS record of 23-30 so far this season. On the road, the Lakers have an ATS record of 11-16 compared to a 12-14 record vs. the spread at home.
Pelicans Offense Breakdown
New Orleans has recorded an average of 116.9 points per game (13th) throughout 51 games games.
So far this season, the Pelicans are averaging 116.9 points per game, which is 13th in the NBA. On the road, they are averaging 116.8 points per game.
When it comes to their pace, the Pelicans are 18th in the league at 98.3 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 9th in the NBA at 48%.
One area where the Pelicans have been strong is getting to the free-throw line. They are 7th in the league in free-throw attempts at 24.3 per game. In terms of three-point shooting, the Pelicans are 8th in the NBA at 37%.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
Through 53 games the Lakers are averaging 116 points per contest, placing them 14th in the NBA.
When it comes to scoring, the Lakers are 14th in the league at 116 points per game. At home, they are averaging 116.3 points per game.
So far this season, the Lakers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 43.4% of their games.
When it comes to pace, the Lakers are 6th in the league at 101 possessions per game. They are also 7th in field goal percentage at 49%.
Pelicans Team Defense
This season, the Pelicans defense has been impressive, holding the 9th position in the league while permitting an average of 112.5 points per contest. Most recently, the Pelicans’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 106 points to the Clippers.
Lakers Team Defense
On defense, the Lakers come into the game ranked 18th in the league in points allowed at 117.1 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 112.3 points per contest (12th). For the season, Los Angeles is ranked 30th in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 19.0 free-throws per game vs. the Lakers and have an overall field goal percentage of 47.3%.
Key Players For The Pelicans And Lakers
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Brandon Ingram will be the primary scorer for the Pelicans, with 22 points and going 8/17 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 21.7 points per game, in addition to 5.1 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Anthony Davis to be the top scorer for the Lakers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 24, and he is expected to secure 13 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 55.3%, and his scoring average is 24.8 points per game.
Pelicans vs Lakers Trends
- Across their ten previous road games, New Orleans has an ATS mark of 6-4. Their straight up record in these matchups was 6-4 while averaging 119 points per game.
- Through their last five home contests, the Lakers offense has averaged 118 points per game while allowing an average of 120. Los Angeles posted an overall record of 3-2 while going 2-3 ATS.
- Through their last five games as the underdog, the Lakers have an ATS record of 3-2 and a straight up mark of 3-2.
- As the betting favorite, the Pelicans have an ATS record of 3-2 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 4-1.
We’re backing the Pelicans for a victory, with the projected score at 118-115. Additionally, we favor them to cover the spread, so we recommend placing a bet on the Pelicans at -1.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 235.5, and our model projects the Pelicans and Lakers to reach a combined total of 233 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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