Los Angeles Lakers (31-39) at New Orleans Pelicans (42-30)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -3 -- Over/Under: 228 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Thursday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Los Angeles Lakers could use a nice road victory after losing five of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 108.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 15.2 points and 4.9 assists while Julius Randle is averaging 15.9 points and 7.9 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have split their last eight road games.
The New Orleans Pelicans look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 111.7 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 111.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28 points and 11.2 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 19.1 points and 5.9 assists. Nikola Mirotic is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing three rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won seven of their last 10 home games.
The Lakers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Thursday games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
It's never fun playing on the end of a back to back against a team that likes to push the tempo. The fast paced Lakers can kill tired legs. However, the New Orleans Pelicans are a club that's still playing for something at this point and have been very tough to beat with Anthony Davis carrying the way. I don't know how he does it every night, but he does. I'll gladly lay the bucket with the Pelicans here at home.