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2021 NBA Handicapping
(6-6) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers (11-3)
Date: Monday, January 18
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Warriors +345 | Lakers -385
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 226
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The nightcap for the NBA Martin Luther King Jr. Day of games finds the Golden State Warriors facing the Los Angeles Lakers in the team’s first meeting this season.
The Lakers hold the all-time edge versus the Pelicans winning 255 of 423 contests. Last season the teams played three times with the Lakers sweeping the series.
Golden State Warriors
Games like these make us wonder precisely how the Warriors would fare against the Lakers if Klay Thompson was healthy.
Certainly, we’ve already witnessed how much better they are with Draymond Green and Thompson would move that bar even higher given his two-way prowess.
Although LeBron James is now in LA, it’s impossible to watch any meeting between the King and Warriors and not travel back to ponder the four consecutive years of the Cavaliers versus the Warriors.
The Dubs are experiencing some growing pains integrating a talented rookie (Wiseman) and offseason acquisition (Kelly Oubre) into their systems.
Another key point is Andrew Wiggins didn’t get much time to mesh with either Stephen Curry or Green last season but is fitting in well. The Canadian is shooting the best efficiency from the perimeter of his career (36.9%) along with the most attempts per game (5.4).
The Warriors’ last two matches were losses to Pacers and Nuggets so they’ll be eager to stop the slide.
In the loss to Denver, Curry posted a double-double of 35 points and 11 assists. James Wiseman (18), Wiggins (16), and Oubre (14) were the other double-figure contributors.
Alen Smailagic (knee) is out until February while Marquese Chriss (ankle) and Klay Thompson (Achilles) are lost for the season.
Los Angeles Lakers
This past week, the Lakers made easy work of their opponents in matches versus an undermanned Rockets squad featuring a disinterested James Harden as well as two likely lottery teams – the Thunder and Pelicans.
In the latter two matches, the Lakers held OKC and the Pels under 100 points.
LeBron James (21 points, 11 assists) and Kyle Kuzma (11 points, 13 rebounds) each delivered double-doubles versus the Pelicans.
Anthony Davis (17), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (16), Montrezl Harrell (16), and Dennis Schroder (11) all reached double-figure scores.
Week five serves up another three game week for the Lakers with matches versus the Bucks and Bulls later this week as LA looks to extend their current five-game win streaky.
Kostas Antetokounmpo missed the previous two games with right knee tendinitis while Jared Dudley missed the last three matches with a calf injury. Both are listed as questionable.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 12-3 in GS last 15 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Under is 7-2 in GS last 9 road games.
- Under is 9-3 in GS last 12 vs. Western Conference.
- Under is 10-2 in LAL last 12 games as a favorite.
- Under is 10-2 in LAL last 12 overall.
- Under is 14-6 in LAL last 20 vs. NBA Pacific.
Free Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
The Lakers are rolling along functioning like a high-performance engine. The new players fit in seamlessly while both James and Davis have looked great.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Warriors +8.5
It seems likely Frank Vogel will exercise a bit of load management for LeBron and AD at some point in the season — but not versus the Dubs and certainly not on MLK Day.
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