Game Time: 8:00 pm ET, Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
Where to Watch: BSNO
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Lakers +1.5, Pelicans -1.5; Over/Under: 232.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Lakers +1.5, Pelicans -1.5; Over/Under: 232.5 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Lakers +1.5, Pelicans -1.5; Over/Under: 232.5 points
Los Angeles Lakers: 33-35 (5th place, Pacific Division)
New Orleans Pelicans: 33-35 (3rd place, Southwest Division)
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Los Angeles Lakers: 7-3 last 10
New Orleans Pelicans: 3-7 last 10
Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Preview and Analysis
The Lakers are coming into this game with a 33-35 record overall and they are 15-19 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game off of a loss against the New York Knicks in their last game. D'Angelo Russell led the team in points in that game with 33 while Anthony Davis was next on the team with 17 points. D'Angelo Russell led the team in assists in that game with 8 while Anthony Davis led the team in rebounds with 16. They were 48.3% from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range, and 58.8% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 116.6 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 117.2 PPG against them. The Lakers have an ATS record of 33-34-1 this season and their O/U record is 34-34.
The Pelicans are coming into this game with a 33-35 record overall and they are 22-12 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game off of a win against the Portland Trail Blazers in their last game. Trey Murphy III led the team in points in that game with 41 while CJ McCollum was next on the team with 22 points. CJ McCollum led the team in assists in that game with 11 while Jonas Valančiūnas led the team in rebounds with 12. They were 50% from the field, 47.5% from 3-point range, and 75.9% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 114 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 113.3 PPG against them. The Pelicans have an ATS record of 31-36-1 this season and their O/U record is 34-34.
Lakers vs Pelicans Prediction
The current betting odds have the Pelicans listed as a 1.5 point favorite in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Pelicans were a very good team for a majority of the season but haven't been playing as well since losing Zion to another injury. They are 33-35 overall right now but have still been a great home team with a 22-12 home record and they are going to have some momentum on their side from their win against the Trail Blazers in their last game. The Lakers haven't been great this season either as they have the same 33-35 record overall but they have been terrible for a majority of the season and have just started to play better after making some moves at the trade deadline. They still haven't been a good road team though with their 15-19 road record and they just lost a lot of steam in their last game with a loss at home to the Knicks. The Pelicans have been playing a lot better lately as they have been getting healthier even without Zion in their lineup and they will take advantage of another home game here which could see them jump ahead of the Lakers in the standings. The best way to place a bet here is on the Pelicans to cover the spread in this game.
Lakers Pelicans Prediction: Our NBA Pick for Tuesday, March 14, 2023 (8:00 pm ET start time) is Pelicans 122 Lakers 116.
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NBA Betting Trends
Los Angeles Lakers: 10-4 ATS against Southwest division opponents. 20-11 ATS after playing a home game. 26-18 UNDER against Southwest division opponents.
New Orleans Pelicans: 11-19 ATS after a game where they covered the spread. 20-14 UNDER off a home win by 10 points or more. 11-5 UNDER in the second half of the season.
Los Angeles Lakers: M. Bamba (C) Mid April - Ankle. L. James (SF) Late March - Foot.
New Orleans Pelicans: B. Ingram (SF) Ques Tues - Ankle. Z. Williamson (PF) Late March - Hamstring. J. Alvarado (PG) Late March - Shin. E. Liddell (SF) Out indefinitely - Knee.
“I played terrible. I couldn’t find my shot. Free throws. Layups. Everything. Guys did their job. I didn’t do my job tonight.” - Anthony Davis after their loss against the Knicks in their game on Sunday.
“Trey was incredible. He’s a shot-maker and he’s having an unbelievable year. I’m extremely proud of him.” - Willie Green on Trey Murphy III after his team’s win against the Trail Blazers in their game on Sunday.
Los Angeles Lakers
PG D'Angelo Russell
SG Malik Beasley
SF Troy Brown Jr.
PF Jarred Vanderbilt
C Anthony Davis
New Orleans Pelicans
PG CJ McCollum
SG Trey Murphy III
SF Brandon Ingram
PF Herbert Jones
C Jonas Valanciunas
Los Angeles Lakers
PPG: L. James (29.5)
APG: L. James (6.9)
Reb/G: A. Davis (12.5)
New Orleans Pelicans
PPG: Z. Williamson (26)
APG: C. McCollum (5.9)
Reb/G: J. Valanciunas (9.6)
Los Angeles Lakers: Darvin Ham (1st season)
New Orleans Pelicans: Willie Green (2nd season)