Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 1/3/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers

Friday, January 3, 2020 at 10:30 PM (Staples Center)

Pelicans @ Lakers -10.5

The New Orleans Pelicans travel cross country to the Staples Center to take on a premire team in the NBA, the LA Lakers. The Pelicans come into this game red hot and on a four game winning streak most recently upsetting the Houston Rockets 127-112 to improve to 11-23 on the season. The Lakers beat the Suns their last time out 117-107 to move their winning streak to three and improve their record to 27-7 on the year.

The Lakers boast one of the most efficient offenses in the NBA averaging 112.6 points per game while shooting 42.4% from the field. Leading the Lakers is a two-headed monster of superstars Lebron James and Anthony Davis. Anthony Davis leads the Lakers in scoring with 27.3 points and rebounds with 9.3 per game. Davis is 6th in scoring in the NBA this season. Lebron leads the NBA in assists with 10.9 per game and adds 25.3 points per game to go along with it.

The Pelicans have also been solid on the offensive end this season averaging 112.3 points per game which ranks them 10th in the NBA. The key for the Pelicans is offseason pickup Brandon Ingram who averages 25.3 points per game and 7 rebounds per game which leads the team in both categories. The back court is led by Jru Holiday who has 19.9 points and a team high 6.5 assists per game.

The Lakers have an excellent defense this year, allowing only 105.3 points per game which ranks them 4th in the NBA and have been especially good at home allowing only 103.3 points per game on their home floor. The Pelicans struggles stem from allowing 116.4 points per game and ranking 28th in the NBA this season.

The Pelicans have struggled this season for bettors but recently have been much better, covering the spread in five of their last six games. While the Lakers have been solid on this season with a 18-16 ATS record this season but have had their recent struggles covering the spread in just two of their last nine games. Final score prediction, the Lakers get back on track for bettors and dominate on their home floor winning the game 125-103, covering the spread.

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Lance’s Pick Lakers -10.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.