The New Orleans Pelicans (15-17) visit the Los Angeles Lakers (18-13).
The New Orleans Pelicans have a record of 4-12 on the road. Tonight they will face the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center where the Lakers have a record of 11-4 at home. The Pelicans are in 5th place in the Southwest Division and need a string of wins in order to become relevant. They have been having a bit of a hard time lately and have only won 2 of the last 5 games and are currently on a 2 game losing streak. The tension on the court will be high tonight considering that the Lakers star LeBron James has been actively pursuing the Pelicans star Anthony Davis. Davis is leading his team in scoring with an average of 28 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. Following Davis on the leaderboard is point guard Jrue Holiday with an average of 20.7 points, 8.8 assist and 1.8 steals. We can’t forget about Julius Randle who was released by the Lakers in order to make room for James. Randle is averaging 19.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.7 assist per game.
What about the Lakers?
The Los Angeles Lakers are in 2nd place in the pacific Division with a record of 11-4 at home. Believe it or not they also have a record of 2-5 in the last 5 games and they are also on a 2 game losing streak. The Addition on NBA superstar LeBron James has had a huge impact on how they are doing this season. James is averaging 28 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assist per game to lead his team in all 3 categories. Lonzo ball leads in steals with 1.5 and JaVale McGee leads in blocks with 2.6 per game. The Lakers really need to make the playoffs this season or some will feel as if James has not done is job.
What are the odds? Who is predicted to win the game?
The current line on the game is in favor of the Los Angeles Lakers -3.5 and the total on the game is 230.5 points. The opening line on the game was Lakers -4.5 and at least 59% of the fans believe that they will Win the game and in doing so they will cover the spread as well. Another 58% are also taking the total in the game to go over 230.5 points. Remember that the Lakers have a record of 5-0 in the last 5 games at home.
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