New Orleans is 0-2 both SU and ATS over its last two games, losing by 27 and 20 points. The Lakers are also 0-2 SU and ATS over their last two games, losing by 16 and 17. So something's gotta give when the Pelicans and Lakers meet Sunday night at Staples Center.
Pelicans-Lakers, By the Numbers
New Orleans ranks 19th in the league in FG shooting at 45 percent, 24th in 3-point shooting at 33 percent and 27th in FT shooting at 72 percent. The Pelicans also rank 25th in FG defense, allowing foes to shoot almost 47 percent, 19th in rebounding at -1.2 per game, but own a 22/11 assist-to-turnover ratio, which is pretty good.
LA ranks 22nd in FG shooting at 44 percent, 19th in 3-point shooting at 34 percent and 17th in FT shooting at 75 percent. The Lakers also rank 29th in FG defense, allowing opponents to shoot 48 percent from the floor, 25th in rebounding at -2.5 per game, and own a 20/12 A/TO ratio.
Pelicans-Lakers Betting Trends
New Orleans is 11-7 on the NBA odds totals this season, as Pelicans games have averaged 201 points. But they've also played four UNDERS in their last six games because they've been held to 91 points or less in four of those last six contests.
LA is 11-9 on the totals, as Lakers games have averaged 214 points. But they've played three UNDERS in a row, because oddsmakers have little confidence in their ability to play defense, and therefore are posting big totals on Lakers games.
New Orleans is 3-8 SU, 4-7 ATS on the road this season.
The Lakers are 2-8 SU, 4-5-1 ATS at home
Pelicans-Lakers Free Pick
New Orleans beat LA three weeks ago rather easily, and there's not much reason to believe anything different will happen tonight. So we like the Pelicans as our NBA pick to shake off those last two defeats with a victory and a cover tonight.
Free NBA Pick: New Orleans -2.5 at 5Dimes