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L.A. Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 2/27/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Orleans Pelicans at L.A. Lakers
Date & Time Wednesday February 27, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)
Location
Staples Center
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: L.A. Lakers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 239.5
TV Channel
ESPN, SPEC, FSNO
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The New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The New Orleans Pelicans look to play spoiler after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.6 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 115 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 27.6 points and 12.6 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 21 points and 7.9 assists. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.1 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost four of their last six road games.

The Los Angeles Lakers need a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 113.5 points on 45 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.8 points and 7.8 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 19.1 points and 5.6 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.9 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have split their last eight home games.

The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Lakers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pelicans are 17-7 ATS in the last 24 meetings in Los Angeles and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 35-15-1 in Lakers last 51 home games. The over is 6-2 in Pelicans last 8 Wednesday games.

The New Orleans Pelicans just beat the Lakers a few days ago by 13 points when they were 6.5-point underdogs. The Pelicans have also won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Lakers overall. The Los Angeles Lakers aren't playing a lick of defense during this losing stretch, allowing 48.7 percent shooting from the field and losing by an average of eight points in their last five games. It also doesn't help that LeBron seems to be calling his teammates out during press conferences. With that said, the Lakers are at home and fighting for a playoff spot. The New Orleans Pelicans have nothing to play for and still have the drama surrounding their best player. If the Lakers can't win this game and cover the reasonable number, just throw away the entire season.

Pick:
L.A. Lakers -4.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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