New Orleans Pelicans (15-17) at Los Angeles Lakers (18-13)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 21, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 234.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans could use a statement victory after losing five of their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 116.7 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 115.3 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28 points and 12.3 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 20.7 points and 8.8 assists. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 9.2 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.2 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost seven of their last nine road games.
The Los Angeles Lakers could also use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 113.3 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 28 points and seven assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 18.2 points and 5.8 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have won their last five home games.
The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 14-4 ATS in their last 18 vs. NBA Pacific. The Lakers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pelicans are 17-6 ATS in the last 23 meetings in Los Angeles and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 17-7 in Lakers last 24 overall. The under is 5-1 in Pelicans last 6 overall.
The New Orleans Pelicans can't seem to win on the road for whatever reason and have been hit or miss ATS on the road this season with a 7-9 record. The Los Angeles Lakers have been on the end of some tight losses lately, but their offense comes to life at home where they're shooting 47.9 percent from the field and outscoring teams by 3.7 points. Laying more than a bucket with the Lakers against another playoff contender is risky, as they're just not there yet, but backing New Orleans on the road isn't an option for me. So, I'll grin my teeth and lay the chalk with the Lakers.