New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks, and Betting Preview
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Game Information
Pelicans (4-6) vs. Lakers (10-3)
Date: Friday, January 15
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Staples Center
TV Coverage: ESPN, TWSN, FSNO
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: Pelicans +295 Lakers -370
Spread: Pelicans +8.5 (-110) Lakers -8.5 (-110)
Total: 220.5 (-110)
Odds to Win NBA Championship: Pelicans (+12000) Lakers (+270)
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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers News and Notes
The Los Angeles Lakers are in midseason form early on in the year. LA is coming off their seventh road win of the season after bullying the Thunder 128-99 on Wednesday. With the win, the Lakers set a franchise record taking their first seven road games of a season while remaining the only team undefeated away from home this year. LA has struggled a bit at home, going 3-3 but are the NBA’s most winningest team so far this year with ten victories. They’ll look for their fifth straight win when they welcome the Pelicans on Friday night.
New Orleans is going in the opposite direction. The Pels have dropped four games in a row with a postponement against the Mavericks mixed in there. Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball, and Eric Bledsoe all missed New Orleans’ most recent loss, Wednesday against the Clippers. While Williamson has been cleared from the league’s COVID protocol program, Ball will remain out with a knee issue, and Bledsoe is doubtful with an eye problem. A silver lining for the Pelicans was the play of Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who started in place of Bledsoe. Alexander-Walker scored a career-high 37 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his first start this season. He’ll continue to see significant minutes as long as Bledsoe’s out.
Outside of Brandon Ingram and Zion, the Pelicans have struggled to score this season. The Pels pair are the only players scoring 20 or more per game, while the next highest scorer is Ball with just over 12 points a night. New Orleans ranks 24th in the league in scoring, is fourth-worst in three-pointers made, and dead last in shooting percentage from behind the arc.
The Pelicans have been much better on defense, with the league’s seventh-best points against average of 107 to go along with the ninth-ranked opposing field goal percentage at just under 45 percent. New Orleans’s 48.4 rebounds per game give them a number four ranking powered by having four players pulling down seven or more boards a night.
LA is a different type of beast. The Lakers are seventh in the league scoring 115 points while having the NBA’s best field goal percentage at 49.3 percent. They are also third in rebounding, third in points allowed, and opposing field goal percentage.
Of course, the Lakers are powered by two of the best players in the league. LeBron James and Anthony Davis combine for almost 47 points per night or over 40 percent of the total offense. Davis leads the team with 8.5 rebounds and James with 7.5 assists.
LA is also getting production from the supporting cast. Offseason acquisitions Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell are 3-4 in scoring, with Schroder scoring 14.2 and Harrell 13.6 points per night. Free-agent signing Marc Gasol has also been a steadying veteran presence while chipping in with the team’s second-highest blocked shots average of 1.6 in just under 20 minutes per game.
The Lakers have covered in their past three while New Orleans has covered just once in their past four. Surprisingly the low-scoring, defensive-minded Pelicans have gone over in four straight while LA has gone under eight of their past ten.
New Orleans has covered against the Lakers just once in their past six meetings, while the over has been the play in five of the last seven head-to-head meetings.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers Predictions and Picks
Lakers cover -8.5 (-110)
Under 220.5 total points scored (-110)
LeBron James under 25.5 points (-118)