Los Angeles Lakers (45-13) at New Orleans Pelicans (26-33)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +2 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers look to stay hot when they battle the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Sunday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been in fantastic form as they’ve won nine of their past 11 games, but they will be hoping for a bounce-back performance after getting routed by the Grizzlies in a 105-88 road loss last night. LeBron James was listed as questionable, but still managed to suit up and finish with 19 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists, Anthony Davis added 15 points with nine rebounds and four assists while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in with 11 points off the bench. As a team, the Lakers shot just 40 percent from the field and nine of 36 from the 3-point line as they were slow out of the gates and never looked in the contest as they fell behind by as many as 22 points against a team they’ve already beaten three times this season.
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have been in great form as they’ve won nine of their past 13 games and they will be aiming to stay hot after making light work of the Cavaliers in a 116-104 home win on Friday. Brandon Ingram led the team with 29 points and seven assists, Zion Williamson added 24 points on 11 of 16 shooting while Jrue Holiday chipped in with 22 points and six assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 54 percent from the field and nine of 23 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 43 points in the first quarter to lead by as many as 23 points which allowed them to cruise in the second half as the Cavaliers rallied to keep the final scores respectable.
Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, 5-0 ATS in their last five games playing on zero day's rest and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings overall, the Lakers are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in New Orleans and the Lakers are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
Danny Green sat out on Saturday with a hip injury and could sit out again on Sunday, while JJ Redick has already been ruled out for Sunday with a hamstring strain. The Lakers have already beaten the Pelicans three times this season by an average of 7.6 points, so we could be in for another close one. The Lakers are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in New Orleans and I think that trend continues here as I have the Pelicans getting their revenge in this meeting.