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Pelicans vs. Lakers - 4/8/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers (16-62) at New Orleans Pelicans (29-49)

NBA Basketball: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -3 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TWC SN, FSN

The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans square off Friday night at the Smoothie King Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers look for a feel good win after losing 15 of their last 20 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 97.7 points on 41.6 percent shooting and allowing 106.9 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant is averaging 16.9 points and 2.9 assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.5 points and four rebounds. Louis Williams is grabbing 2.5 rebounds and D'Angelo Russell is dishing 3.4 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Lakers are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost 10 straight road games.

Pelicans vs. Lakers - 4/8/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New Orleans Pelicans could also use a win after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 102.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Tim Frazier is averaging 13 points and 5.2 assists while Toney Douglas is averaging 7.7 points and 2.1 rebounds. Luke Babbitt is grabbing 2.8 rebounds and Bryce Dejean-Jones is dishing 1.1 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Pelicans are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last eight home games.

The Lakers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southwest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. The Pelicans are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 Friday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Lakers are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in New Orleans. 

The Pelicans only recent success has come on their home court, and they still have some guys playing hard and trying to earn playing time next season. The Lakers continue to stink up the joint and are in full tank mode with a top-three pick in mind. I'll take the home team and the small line. 

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New Orleans Pelicans -3

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