Pelicans vs Lakers Prediction - NBA Picks 12/7/23

Los Angeles Lakers (13-9) vs New Orleans Pelicans (12-10)

Game Info: Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Lakers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 229.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New Orleans Pelicans beat the Kings in the quarterfinals and have won 6 of their last 9 games overall. The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Suns in the quarterfinals and have won 7 of their last 10 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers prediction.

New Orleans Pelicans Betting Preview

The New Orleans Pelicans have yet to lose a game this season after just one win, as every win this season has been followed by one or two more. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 114.6 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 113.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 23.7 points and 5.3 rebounds, while Zion Williamson is averaging 22.7 points and 5.8 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Trey Murphy III is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game.

New Orleans Pelicans Player Facts

  • Herb Jones ranks 4th amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.8) this season.
  • Zion Williamson ranks 5th in the Western Conference amongst qualified players for FG% (56.9%) this season.

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Los Angeles Lakers Betting Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off wins over the Rockets and Suns. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.2 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 45.7 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 24.7 points and 7.6 rebounds, while Anthony Davis is averaging 23 points and 12.6 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Reaves is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game.

Los Angeles Lakers Player Facts

  • D'Angelo Russell ranks 16th amongst qualified players for assists per game (6.5) this season.
  • Cam Reddish ranks 19th amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.4) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Lakers rank 30th in the league for three-point field goals made per game this season (9.9).
  • The Lakers rank 30th in the league for three-point field goal attempts per game this season (29.5).
  • The Pelicans rank 30th in the league for opponent three-point field goals attempts per game this season (40.1).
  • The Pelicans rank T1st in the league for Q2 opponent points per game this season (26.5).

New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers prediction

As I've said before, the New Orleans Pelicans are a team I was high on entering the season, and they're tough to turn down in the underdog role when Ingram, Zion, and CJ are on the court together. However, the Lakers are as healthy as they've been all year and a dialed in LeBron and AD are tough to stop when things are on the line. I'd need more points to consider the Pels in this spot, as we're only laying a bucket. Give me the Lakers and the small chalk.

Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Lakers -1.5

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