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Last Updated Apr 02, 2022, 05:19 AM

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers Predictions, Picks, Odds

Nationally televised NBA action will resume on Friday night with a meaningful Western Conference clash between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers. Coverage begins from Crypto.com Arena at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

Score Prediction

Pelicans 121, Lakers 119

Best Bets

Over 234 (-110) at DraftKings

Pelicans vs. Lakers Predictions

After finishing tenth in the West with a record of 29-41 SU last year, New Orleans temporarily sustained that same lackluster pace with another frustrating start to this season, as the Pelicans opened with a miserable 14-26 SU and 18-22 ATS skid – with 16 of those SU losses coming by 10+ PTS.

The Pelicans have played decent basketball since the trade deadline though, considering New Orleans enters Friday riding a relatively solid 19-17 SU and 20-15-1 ATS stretch – while scoring 116.4 OPPG and allowing just 109.4 DPPG across that window.

On the other hand, the Lakers stumbled out to a surprisingly slow start to the season, as Los Angeles kicked things off with a lackluster 10-11 SU and 7-14 ATS stretch – which was initially chalked up to growing pains associated with the offseason acquisition of Russell Westbrook.

However, the Lakers have maintained a similarly deficient pace since that point, considering Los Angeles enters Friday riding a head-scratching 21-33 SU and 24-30 ATS skid – while tallying just 111.6 OPPG and surrendering 114.5 DPPG during that timeframe.

I’ll take the over here, as the Pelicans are 6-4 SU and ATS in their last ten games, while scoring 117.1 OPPG and surrendering 111.8 DPPG across that span – setting the stage for a competitive track meet against a Lakers squad that’s allowed 120+ PTS defensively in seven of their last nine contests (124.2 PPG).

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Pelicans vs. Lakers Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Pacific vs. Southwest
  • Date: Friday, April 1, 2022
  • Venue: Crypto.com Arena
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • TV-Time: NBA TV - 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

New Orleans Pelicans Betting Analysis

  • SU: 33-43
  • ATS: 38-37-1
  • O/U: 29-45-2

After last year’s disappointing 31-41 SU showing, New Orleans briefly kept that same ball rolling with a similarly underwhelming start to this season, as the Pelicans opened with a frustrating 14-26 SU skid – with more than half of those losses coming by double-digits (16).

However, New Orleans has turned things around with excellent defense since adding CJ McCollum to the mix, considering the Pelicans enter Friday riding a sturdy 19-17 SU and 20-15-1 ATS stretch – while surrendering just 109.4 DPPG to their opponents across that window.

Los Angeles Lakers Betting Analysis

  • SU: 31-44
  • ATS: 31-43-1
  • O/U: 42-32-1

Regardless of the situation, finishing below .500 is an undeniable shortcoming for this Lakers squad, but to be fair, they’ve encountered several injury hurdles, so it’s tough to write them off completely, considering LeBron James has missed 20 games over the course of the season – while Anthony Davis has missed 38, who’s expected to return any day now.

The Lakers can still flip the script and salvage things in the postseason; however, they need to get healthy first, and ultimately shoot the ball better, considering L. A. ranks 22nd in offensive efficiency and 11th in scoring (1.067 OE, 111.5 OPPG) – which doesn’t bode well for a squad that also ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency (1.096 DE).

The Lakers are 1-3 ATS in their last four matchups against New Orleans. (AP)

Pelicans vs. Lakers Head-to-Head

The Lakers won two-of-three regular-season matchups against New Orleans last year, with both Lakers’ victories staying under the total at an average of 207.5 PPG, while the Pelicans lone win soared over with a score of 128-111 (O 221). However, New Orleans is 0-2 SU against L. A. this season, with both matchups staying under the total at an average of 221 PPG.

Key Players to Watch

  • NOP: Brandon Ingram - SF (22.8 PPG, 5.7 REB, 5.5 AST)
  • NOP: CJ McCollum - SG (22.4 PPG, 4.4 REB, 5.2 AST)
  • LAL: Russell Westrbook - PG (18.2 PPG, 7.5 REB, 7.1 AST)
  • LAL: Malik Monk - SG (13.4 PPG, 3.3 REB, 2.7 AST)

Pelicans vs. Lakers Betting Conclusion

After posting a tough home victory over the Lakers this past Sunday (W 116-108), the Pelicans hit the road for Friday’s contest as short favorites over the Lakers at Crytpo.com Arena – marking the ninth time L. A. has been an underdog across their last ten games.

I’ll take the over here, as the Lakers are 2-7 SU and 3-6 ATS in their last nine games, while generating 115 OPPG and surrendering 124.2 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a high-scoring battle against a Pelicans squad that’s averaging 117.1 OPPG across their latest 6-4 SU stretch.

Pelicans vs. Lakers Betting Trends

  • The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games.
  • The Lakers are 1-3 ATS in their last four matchups against New Orleans.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the last seven Pelicans' games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the last five matchups between the Pelicans and Lakers.
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