The NBA is back in action today as the Los Angeles Lakers will clash with the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Lakers are heading into this game after a 129-115 home win over Charlotte on Friday night in their last contest. On the other side, New Orleans defeated Sacramento 121-118 at home on Thursday night.
Los Angeles Lakers Form
The Lakers are on a good run lately. Moreover, this L.A team has 3 wins in their last 4 games. Also, their last win came against the in-form Hornets, a team that had 4 wins in a row before the loss against the Lakers. LeBron had a good game against Charlotte as he scored 27 points per game.
The Lakers are placed on the 11th spot in the Western Conference. But the harsh reality for the Lakers is that they will not be part of the playoffs this season.
On the offensive side of the game, the Lakers score an average of 111.9 points per game. Therefore this record is enough for the 16th spot in the league in scoring. Also, they have an average of 46.3 boards per game and 25.4 assists per night.
On the defensive side of the game, the Lakers concede an average of 113.8 points per game. Therefore, this record is enough for the 24th spot in the league in scoring defence.
New Orleans Pelicans Form
The Pelicans are heading into this game after a solid win against the Kings. Moreover, this win came at the right time as they had three defeats in a row before the game against Sacramento. Julius Rande had a good game as he led the team with 34 points in the win.
The Pelicans are placed on the 12th spot in the Western Conference. Therefore, they have been eliminated from playoff contention. This team will need to significantly improve if they want to achieve more next season.
On the offensive side of the game, the Pelicans score an average of 115.5 points per game. Therefore, this record is enough for the 3rd spot in the league in scoring. Also, they have an average of 47.2 boards per game combined with 27.1 assists per night. On the defensive side, this New Orleans team is conceding an average of 116.3 points per game. Therefore, this record is enough for the 28th spot in the league in scoring defence.
Both teams are heading into this game to play just for pride and prestige. They are out of the playoffs and this game might go both ways. Also, both teams have some players missing. However, I will take the Pelicans as they are stronger at home combined with the Lakers poor record on the road this season. Go for the Pelicans in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans 03/31/2019 is: take the New Orleans Pelicans -525 (Moneyline).
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