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LA Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction And Betting Odds

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Just 48 hours since their 124-108 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, the LA Lakers face the same team in the play-in tournament. This will be the 3rd time in 4 seasons that LeBron and co. are trying to make it into the postseason through the play-in tournament. Prior to tonight’s game you will probably encounter a lot of articles saying the Lakers should throw away this game, simply because if they finish 7th they would face the number 2 seeded Denver Nuggets which isn’t an ideal match-up. But is that a risk they are willing to take? Both the Kings and Warriors won their regular season series against LA, so a potential match-up with either team would be tough, with their entire season on the line. Three of the four regular season meetings went the Lakers’ way, including the in-season tournament final in December.

New Orleans doesn’t really care who they face in the playoffs, as long as they make it in. Zion Williamson and co. learned a lot from that defeat on Sunday, I think a different gameplan will be on the cards here as head coach Willie Green tries to nullify all the mistakes made two days ago. Slowing down the tempo would be beneficial, the Lakers ended Sunday’s game with 32 assists, they just thrive when the ball moves fast. In a halfcourt setting I would give a slight edge to the Pelicans, if their defense is on point. The return of Brandon Ingram should also be a spark, he finished with 13 points on Sunday, but once he gets his legs back under him his production should be much better.

New Orleans Pelicans Point Spread Prediction

Pelicans -1.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

Anthony Davis is questionable here with back spasms, if he isn’t able to go that would be a major handicap for the Lakers. I’m expecting a different approach from the Pelicans, I’m sure the Lakers won’t dwell too much if they don’t win this game. New Orleans to cover.

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LA Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Total Points: Under 223.5

Under 223.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

If you are expecting a similar game to the one we saw 2 days ago, you are out of luck. The magnitude of Tuesday’s clash is much greater, this should force both teams to slow things down a bit and focus more on the defensive side of the ball. Even the oddsmakers are aware of this, the projected total has gone down by 6 points compared to Sunday’s game which saw 232 points scored. Not having AD at their disposal means the Lakers have very little interior presence, on both ends of the court. In the one win the Pelicans have over the Lakers this season they were able to limit them to just 31% shooting from downtown, taking away the three-ball would do wonders for Willie Green’s men. But like I said, everything starts with slowing down the pace. New Orleans is averaging just 97.5 possessions per game in their last 10 outings, which ranks in the bottom half of the NBA. As a team they’ve had 10 more games go under the total than over this season, I think that trend continues here, so let’s back the under.

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