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(29-29) Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans (26-33)
Eleven days before the February 7th, trade deadline Anthony Davis let the shoe Pelicans fans had hoped wouldn’t fall, drop with a resounding thud. The 7:00 AM Woj bomb confirmed the AD sweepstakes frenzy had begun.
Not only would the generational superstar not be signing a supermax deal to re-up in New Orleans, but he also wanted to expedite a trade prior to the deadline. Even casual NBA fans understood the sense of urgency was to benefit one party – the Lakers.
It certainly didn’t behoove the Kings to limit themselves or force feed a deal in 11 days. Rather learning the draft order, reaching the offseason and free agency when teams like the Celtics will no longer be hampered by the “Rose” clause with Kyrie Irving is the most logical direction for the Pelicans to take.
Los Angeles Lakers
The resulting effect was the Lakers missed out on landing their coveted second superstar — for now.
LeBron James stated he’s kicked into playoff mode early in order to accomplish the Lakers desire of playing well into the spring.
It won’t be an easy feat given the Lakers schedule is loaded with tough opponents including 14 teams with records over .500, four back to back sets and 10 top offenses.
As of today, LA sits in 10th, a full game behind the Kings and 2.5 games behind their mutual Staples Center tenant the Clippers.
LA arrive on a high having come back from a 19 point deficit to defeat the Rockets.
New Orleans Pelicans
Expect a raucous Pelicans crowd as this will be the first time since Davis’ ‘decision’ New Orleans hosts the Lakers.
Since then the Pelicans have traded assets like Nikola Mirotic, fired GM Dell Demps, and have Davis on the equivalent of a load management program (read: please don’t get injured until we can trade you).
New Orleans has shifted to full-on tank mode for their remaining 22 games. The Pelicans will be on the second night of a back to back having faced the Pacers on the road Friday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 6-2 in LAL last 8 road games.
- Pelicans are 6-4 in last 10 head to head contests
- Pelicans are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The over-under is 5-5 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction
The Lakers have become the Pelicans greatest enemy. In spite of New Orleans revised tanking objective, and playing on consecutive nights this game can’t help but take on an entirely different tenor.
For all intents and purposes, this game (and two more versus LA) is the Pelican’s playoffs. Winning won’t change the Pel’s future, but it sure would help ease the pain, at least for one night.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: line is off – Lakers are the safer bet, but I’m feeling a Pelicans revenge win
In fact, if New Orleans wants to be shady they’ll leave AD at home for the game in LA next Wednesday and then hope their final meeting back in New Orleans, March 31 affords them an opportunity to play an even greater spoiler role to the Lakers playoff hopes.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Pelicans 111 – Lakers 106
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