LA Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction NBA Picks 4/14/24

New Orleans Pelicans (49-32) vs LA Lakers (47-35)

Game Info: Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 3:30 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans -10000 / LA Lakers -10000 --- Over/Under: 229.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The LA Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Sunday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Lakers vs Pelicans prediction.

LA Lakers Betting Preview

The LA Lakers recently beat the Grizzlies, while losing to the Timberwolves and Warriors. The LA Lakers are averaging 117.9 points on 49.8 percent shooting and allowing 117.3 points on 47.3 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.4 points and 7.2 rebounds, while Anthony Davis is averaging 24.5 points and 12.6 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Reaves is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The LA Lakers are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The LA Lakers are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game.

New Orleans Pelicans Betting Preview

The New Orleans Pelicans are coming off wins over the Suns, Trail Blazers, Kings, and Warriors. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 114.9 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 110.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 22.9 points and 5.8 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 20.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Trey Murphy III is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game.

New Orleans Pelicans Player Facts

  • C.J. McCollum ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for three-pointers made Per Game (3.6) this season.
  • Zion Williamson ranks 6th in the Western Conference amongst qualified players for FG% (57.4%) this season.

Los Angeles Lakers Player Facts

  • Anthony Davis rank 2nd amongst qualified players for steals + blocks per game (3.6) this season.
  • LeBron James is one of only four qualified players in the league averaging at least 7.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pelicans rank 1st in the league for opponent three-point percentage this season (34.9%).
  • The Pelicans rank 1st in the league for H1 opponent points per game this season (53.9).
  • The Lakers rank 30th in the league for offensive rebounds per game this season (8.3).
  • The Lakers rank 30th in the league for opponent field goal attempts per game this season (93.8).

Lakers vs Pelicans prediction

The Pelicans are getting the benefit of the doubt because they're at home, and the return of Ingram doesn't hurt. However, I'm not seeing AD or LeBron on the injury report for the Lakers, and that's a massive improvement considering they've been questionable pretty much all season. Both teams need this game, as the Lakers could finish anywhere from the eighth seed to the 10th seed in the West. The Pelicans could finish in the sixth seed or the seventh seed. I'll take the experience of LeBron and AD in a big game over the Pels, and the Lakers have won 5 of the last 7 games against the Pelicans. Should be one of the more fun games on Sunday. Give me the road dog.

Randy’s Pick LA Lakers +4

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