On Tuesday evening, the Los Angeles Lakers (33-35) will face the New Orleans Pelicans (33-35) in the Western Conference. This is the last regular season meeting between these two teams, and Los Angeles leads 2-1. The Lakers are presently the ninth seed, with New Orleans in the tenth slot. New Orleans’ Brandon Ingram (ankle) is doubtful, while the Lakers’ Anthony Davis (foot) is expected. LeBron James (foot) and Zion Williamson (hamstring) are both still out.
The game will begin at 8 p.m. ET at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. With the most recent Lakers vs. Pelicans odds, Caesars Sportsbook has New Orleans as a 1-point favourite. The total points over/under is set at 226. Before making any Pelicans vs. Lakers predictions, check out SportsLine’s NBA predictions and betting tips from the proven computer model.
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The algorithm has now zeroed in on Lakers vs. Pelicans and has just locked in its choices and NBA predictions. You can now see the model’s choices on SportsLine. Here are some NBA odds and betting lines for the Pelicans vs. Lakers matchup:
• Lakers vs. Pelicans spread: Los Angeles +1 • Lakers vs. Pelicans spread: Los Angeles +1 Under/Over: 226 points
• Money line for Lakers vs. Pelicans: Los Angeles -110, New Orleans -110
•NO: The under has gone 6-1 in the Pelicans’ previous 7 overall.
• LAL: The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their past four games after a straight-up defeat.
Why the Lakers are capable of covering
Guard Dennis Schroder is a fantastic scorer off the bench. Schroder is a speedy and fast-paced player who takes use of his quickness, and he enjoys going into the lane and dumping the ball off. The 29-year-old is averaging 12.8 points and 4.7 assists per game. Schroder had 23 points, seven assists, and four steals against Toronto on March 10.
Forward Jarred Vanderbilt is a fantastic two-way force in the frontcourt. Vanderbilt boasts an excellent wingspan to combine with his instincts to create plays on the defensive end. The Kentucky product has a game average of 8.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.6 steals. Vanderbilt scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against the Warriors on March 5.
Why can the Pelicans cover?
Guard CJ McCollum is a consistent and smooth jumper. McCollum understands how to create space in order to receive clean chances to score or throw the ball, and the Lehigh product averages 21.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game. In three consecutive games, he has scored at least 22 points and made four three-pointers. McCollum scored 32 points, five assists, and was 6-of-8 from long against Dallas on March 8.
Center Jonas Valanciunas is a beast in the paint who is always fighting for position to get rebounds and efficient looks at the basket. The first-round selection in 2011 averages 14 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while shooting 55% from the field. He recorded 11 points and 12 rebounds in his last game versus Portland.
Picking the Lakers versus. Pelicans
SportsLine’s model predicts a total of 239 points, with the teams combining for 239 points. According to the model, one side hits over 70% of the time. The selection is only available at SportsLine.