Lakers vs Pelicans Prediction - NBA Picks 12/31/23

New Orleans Pelicans (18-14) vs Los Angeles Lakers (18-15)

Game Info: Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans -5.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Los Angeles Lakers pay a visit to the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Sunday. Here’s a Lakers vs Pelicans Prediction.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have been in a rut as they've lost seven of their last 11 games and they will be hoping to bounce back in this one after falling painfully short to the Timberwolves in a 108-106 road defeat on Saturday. Anthony Davis led the team with 33 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and four steals, while LeBron James added 26 points with six assists but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Lakers shot just 42 percent from the field and seven of 24 from the 3-point line which was good enough to keep pace with the Timberwolves, but the lack of scoring support exposed them in the fourth quarter where the Timberwolves' Anthony Edwards took over. The Lakers will meet the Heat and Grizzlies after this one.

New Orleans Pelicans

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have been in fine form as they've won six of their last nine games overall and they will be eager to keep it going after sneaking past the Jazz in a 112-105 win on Thursday. Brandon Ingram led the team with 26 points and five assists, CJ McCollum added 22 points while Zion Williamson chipped in with 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 54 percent from the field and 10 of 27 from the 3-point line, but this win was set up with their effort on the defensive end as they were always in control after holding the Jazz to just 14 points in the second quarter. The Pels will take on Brooklyn after this game.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pelicans rank 1st in the league for opponent steals per game this season (6.3).
  • The Pelicans rank 30th in the league for opponent three-point field goals attempts per game this season (39.3).
  • The Lakers rank 2nd in the league for opponent free throws made per game this season (15.1).
  • The Lakers rank 2nd in the league for opponent free throw attempts per game this season (19.5).

Lakers vs Pelicans Prediction

The Lakers are still shorthanded with D'Angelo Russell already ruled out, while the Pelicans have listed Trey Murphy as questionable due to left knee soreness. These two teams have already met on Dec 8 and it was the Lakers who romped to a 133-89 win, but the Pelicans have been in great shape since that defeat and I think the Pelicans avenge their earlier loss with a win at home in this spot against a shorthanded Lakers team.

Peter’s Pick New Orleans -5.5

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