L.A. Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans
|Date & Time||Saturday February 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +4 -- Over/Under: 230.5
The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Saturday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Los Angeles Lakers need another victory after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 113.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.8 points and 7.6 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 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost five of their last seven road games.
The New Orleans Pelicans could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.6 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 114.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28.1 points and 12.9 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 21.1 points and 7.9 assists. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost five of their last seven home games.
The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest. The Pelicans are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Pelicans last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The over is 6-2 in Lakers last 8 road games.
This line seems very low when you consider the New Orleans Pelicans are on the end of a back to back and are still dealing with the Anthony Davis drama that carries a black cloud over the franchise. Last night, the Pelicans were in complete control over the Indiana Pacers and ended up still losing by double digits. The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off one of their better wins of the season and need to keep winning if they hope to sneak into the playoffs. The Lakers and the reasonable chalk here almost seems too easy.