New Orleans Pelicans (0-2) at Los Angeles Lakers (1-1)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 9:30 pm (Darlington Raceway)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +4 -- Over/Under: 223 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers meet Sunday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans are still looking for their first win of the season after a quick 0-2 start. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 105.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 115.5 points on 47 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 34 points and 17.5 rebounds while DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 31.5 points and 12 rebounds. Jordan Crawford is the third double-digit scorer and Jrue Holiday is dishing four assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 39.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50.5 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost seven of their last eight road games.
The Los Angeles Lakers look to get a game above a .500 record with their first home victory of the season. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 119 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Brook Lopez is averaging 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 18.5 points and 2.5 assists. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Lonzo Ball is dishing 6.5 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 67.9 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 41.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have split their last 10 home games. Andrew Bogut and Luol Deng are questionable.
The Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Pelicans are 16-6 ATS in the last 22 meetings in Los Angeles, the road team is 29-14 ATS in the last 43 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Pelicans defense hasn't been good in their first two games, allowing 13.5 threes to be made and 43 field goals overall. Percentages like that is a little scary when playing a high tempo offense such as the Lakers, a unit that's averaged 92.5 field goal attempts, which is almost five more than elague average so far in this young season. The Pelicans are also counting on Davis and Cousins to do damn near everything offensively. It's going to be a long season if others can't chip in consistently. Ball looked great in his second game, and if he carries that confidence into this game, this should be a Lakers victory. Give me the home team and the free buckets.