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(0-2) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers (1-1)
Date: Sunday, October 22
Time: 9:30 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: New Orleans -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 218.5
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The Lakers got their first win on Friday night. The Pelicans are still looking for theirs. New Orleans is a small favorite to get it on the road when they take on the Lakers in Hollywood on Sunday night.
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans is 0–2 but it was an underdog in both games: Wednesday night in Memphis and Friday against Golden State. This will be the first game the Pelicans should win.
That’s not to say there just isn’t anything to worry about the Pelicans’ first two losses. Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins have put up monster numbers thus far and the team doesn’t have a win to show for any of it. Davis is averaging 34 and 17.5 through his first two games and Cousins is putting up 31.5 and 12.
That’s probably all you need to know about the Pelicans’ supporting cast. It is about as bad as it gets in the NBA. Rajon Rondo won’t be back until next month as he recovers from a hernia; Jrue Holiday has been atrocious in the two games he’s played; and there was a time when Tony Allen’s athleticism alone made him playable as an offensive player but such is not the case anymore.
When the Pelicans get matched up with a quality team, they struggle because their talent is so concentrated in one area and their weaknesses are exposed. Against lesser talent, the weaknesses aren’t as glaring and Davis and Cousins will dominate even more. I’d like to think 70 and 30 between the two of them gets it done against the Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers
This is the Lakers’ home opener, though. Thursday night’s season opener was a home game for the Clippers and they went on the road to pick up their first win against the Suns on Friday night.
The talking heads were quick to announce that Lonzo Ball nearly had a triple-double in LA’s win over Phoenix. There’s a happy medium here. Ball will have some growing pains because of his physical immaturity, but his skill and overall feel for the game is undeniable. That said, Phoenix has played two games and made two teams that aren’t expected to be very good look even better than that.
Brook Lopez will come in handy in this game because he should be able to at least limit whichever of the two big guys he happens to guard. That is, unless he finds himself more or less responsible for both and gets frustrated. The Lakers can’t match up with both those guys so they have to roll with the punches and exploit the Pelicans where they can, on the perimeter and in transition.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-2 in NO last 10 vs. NBA Pacific.
- NO are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Under is 59-28-3 in NO last 90 road games.
- LAL are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Over is 17-7-1 in LAL last 25 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Head to Head: Road team is 29-14 ATS in the last 43 meetings.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction: the Hornets get by with their star power.
I don’t have a heavy lean in this matchup. In fact, I was tempted to take the Lakers because it is the home opener and that usually counts for something. In the end, though, too much star power on the side that’s still looking for its first win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Los Angeles +3.5
And, actually, I will take the points here. It just feels slightly more sensible.
NBA Free Score Prediction: New Orleans 105 – Los Angeles 102
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