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2020 NBA Handicapping
(4-6) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10-3)
Date: Friday, January 15
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pelicans +295 | Lakers -425
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
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Friday, January 15th finds the New Orleans Pelicans facing the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time this season.
The Lakers hold the all-time edge versus the Pelicans winning 39 of 61 contests. Last season the teams played four times with LA sweeping the regular-season series.
New Orleans Pelicans
For those hoping to witness Zion versus LeBron, they may have to wait as both players are listed as questionable. Stan Van Gundy’s club is desperate for a win after four consecutive losses with the most recent to the Clippers (106-111).
Without Lonzo, SVG played Nickeil Alexander-Walker more and the cousin of Shai Glgeous-Alexander showcased how basketball talent runs in the family. He delivered a 37 point, eight-rebound effort connecting on five of his eight 3-pointers.
Four others reached double-figures including Brandon Ingram (22), Steven Adams (12), JJ Redick (12), and Kira Lewis Jr. (10).
Zion Williamson is undergoing the NBA health and safety protocols and is questionable for Friday. Eric Bledsoe missed the last match dealing with an eye irritation that will also keep him out versus the Lakers.
Lonzo Ball is coping with bilateral knee tendinopathy that held him out the last game and will keep him out versus his former team.
Will Magnay is out indefinitely.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers’ two superstars may not suit up for this match with LeBron James nursing an ankle injury and Anthony Davis dealing with back soreness.
Since they hold the best record in the NBA they’ve gained flexibility and can afford to be cautious by resting LeBron and AD or load manage them a few games.
The defending champions are playing better to start this season than they did last year in their title run. They’ve won seven in a row on the road and hope to bring that same intensity to Staples Center where they are even with a 3-3 record.
In their last match, they easily routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-99. James led the way with 26 points, six rebounds, and seven assists.
Five of his teammates joined him scoring in double-figures including former Thunder player Dennis Schroder who scored 14.
Montrezl Harrell (21), Anthony Davis (18), Markieff Morris (14), and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (10) were the others.
Kostas Antetokounmpo missed the previous game with right knee tendinitis, Wesley Matthews sat out the previous two games with an Achilles injury, and Jared Dudley missed the last two contests with a calf injury.
This trio, along with James and Davis all five are listed as questionable to play on Friday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- NO are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
- Under is 9-2 in LAL last 11 overall.
- Over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
With the Pelicans on a losing streak and LA back home it would make sense for Vogel to rest one or both superstars.
SVG is trying to get his squad to buy in defensively which is affectng the offense as the Pelicans are playing too slow for their personnel. That will be tweaked once (or if) the team gets the defensive fundamentals nailed down.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans +8.5
For now, they rank 10th defensively (but have experienced some slippage during the losing streak) and 20th offensively.
Look for Brandon Ingram to remind his former team of who they gave away for AD. I’m suggestng to take the Pels and the points but if both LeBron and AD play I might lean the other way.
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