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New Orleans Pelicans vs. L.A. Lakers - 3/31/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
L.A. Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans
Date & Time Sunday March 31, 2019, 6:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans, LA
The Line
The Line: New Orleans -2.5
TV Channel
SPEC, FSNO
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The Los Angeles Lakers pay a visit to the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Sunday night.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been in a major slump over the last month, but they look to be building a bit of momentum with three wins in their last four games after beating the Hornets by 129-115 at home on Friday. LeBron James led the team with 27 points and nine assists, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope drained six 3-pointers to finish with 25 points, Rajon Rondo racked up seven points with 17 assists and five steals, while Kyle Kuzma chipped in with 20 points on nine of 16 shooting. As a team, the Lakers shot a healthy 56 percent from the field and 18 of 38 from the 3-point line as they poured on 69 points in the first half, but the difference between the teams was the Lakers’ defense in the second quarter where they held the Hornets to just 24 points. With the win, Los Angeles improved to 34-42 on the season and 21-17 at home.

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have been in a serious slump as they’ve lost nine of their last 11 games, but they will be feeling pretty good after upsetting the young and upcoming Kings in a 121-118 home win on Thursday. Julius Randle led the team with 34 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, Christian Wood added 25 points on 11 of 16 shooting off the bench while Elfrid Payton chipped in with 16 points and nine assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 50 percent from the field and nine of 28 from the 3-point line but because they were so shorthanded with Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday both out, the Pelicans had to rely on their defense late in the game after taking the lead with 2:33 left. With the narrow win, New Orleans improved to 32-45 overall and 19-19 at home.  

Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games following a win of more than 10 points and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Pelicans are 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings, the over is 5-1 in the last six meetings and the Lakers are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in New Orleans.

Both teams are dealing with a long list of injuries to key players so this game is more about which team has more depth at this point. The Lakers have been out of the playoff picture for a while now and it looks to have liberated them a bit as they’re finally winning games again, while the Pelicans looked great in their win over the Kings with Randle leading the way with 34 points. I’m expecting a close one here, but the Lakers have found a bit of form with James and Rondo leading the way and I think they can keep that momentum going with another win here.

Pick:
Los Angeles +2.5
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