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2021 NBA Handicapping
(41-30) Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans (31-40)
Date: Sunday, May 16th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -10
NBA Betting Total: OFF
On Sunday, May 16th the Los Angeles Lakers tip-off versus the New Orleans Pelicans for the third and final time this season.
In the prior two matches, each team won once with the Lakers taking the January 15th match 112-95 and the Pelicans in the March 23rd contest 128-111.
The Lakers need a victory Sunday and the Blazers to lose to the Nuggets in order to get out of the play-in tournament.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Lakers sweeping the regular-season series. The Lakers hold the all-time record having won 40 of the 63 contests.
Los Angeles Lakers
After missing 20 games due to a high ankle sprain and then another six games, LeBron James was back in the lineup for the Los Angeles Lakers. His entire team looked better for it as their offense was much more free-flowing.
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James collected 24 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists. Two Lakers posted double-doubles including Anthony Davis who also led the scoring with 28 points and 10 rebounds, plus five assists, and Andre Drummond with 11 points and 15 rebounds.
Dennis Schroder was also back, having missed seven games due to COVID health and safety protocols and put up 14 points, four assists, and a rebound.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (13) and Talen Horton-Tucker (11) were the other double-figure contributors.
Despite getting James and Schroder back the Lakers still aren’t at full health with Alex Caruso (right foot soreness), Kyle Kuzma (lower back tightness), Marc Gasol (left pinkie fracture), and Alfonzo McKinnie (right foot sprain) all missing the match Saturday.
Jared Dudley is lost for the season with an MCL tear.
New Orleans Pelicans
Although the Pelicans lost their foundational stars to injury down the stretch they still competed and lost a few close games including the last match versus the Warriors on Friday.
Granted the Dubs sat their stars as well but New Orleans pushed them with the Warriors winning a squeaker 125-122.
Six Pelicans scored in double-figures with Nickeil Alexander-Walker leading the way with 30 points plus five rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a block.
Naji Marshall delivered a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Jaxson Hayes (19), Wenyen Gabriel (14), Eric Bledsoe (11), and Willy Hernangomez (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Steven Adams (right MTP sprain), Zion Williamson (left and fracture), Brandon Ingram (left ankle sprain), Lonzo Ball (right thumb sprain), Wes Iwundu (shoulder sprain), and Josh Hart (thumb surgery)) were all out Friday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Lakers are 5-4-1 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Pelicans are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games.
- The Lakers are 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games.
- The total has gone under in 9 of New Orleans’ last 12 games.
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With LeBron James and Dennis Schroder back the biggest change from recent games was ball movement as the Lakers finally have playmakers on the court.
LA still needs help from Portland to avoid the play-in and won’t know the score prior since both teams play at 9:00 pm but they’ll make sure they take care of business on their side of the equation.
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