Bet the LA Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Game
On Thursday, the Lakers head down to the Big Easy to take on the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers (10-41) are coming off a home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Pelicans (18-29) are coming off a 15-point home loss against the Memphis Grizzlies, and then head out for a quick trip to San Antonio Wednesday night before coming home to face the Lakers at home. Before you place a bet on the NBA lines, check the injury news from the Pelicans-Spurs game, as the decisions that the Pelicans have to make before the Lakers game could alter the course of the game.
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Bet the Lakers vs Pelicans Game
Date: February 4, 2016
Time: 9:30 PM (EST)
Place: Smoothie King Center
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Why should you take the Lakers?
It took everything the Lakers had to beat the Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Kobe Bryant stepped into the Wayback Machine and dropped 38 points on the young team. The Lakers had lost 10 in a row before Bryant knocked down seven three-pointers and scored 14 of the team’s last 18 points. Given how much work Byron Scott has been putting into teaching the young Lakers how to win, watching the team’s elder statesman put the group on his back and carry them out of a 16-point hole in the second half, all the way to victory, was a powerful lesson for the next generation in L.A. This could be the start of some momentum building at the Staples Center for someone other than the Clippers. Also, it’s not like New Orleans is a team on fire; despite the talented Anthony Davis in the middle, the Pelicans are also circling the drain in the West, just a bit above the Lakers in the standings.
Why should you bet on the Pelicans?
Even with their iffy record, the Pelicans are one of the most talented young groups in the Association this year. Anthony Davis is a terrific inside player, and Ryan Anderson is one of the hottest shooters in the league when he gets going. When the team is clicking, you see them do what they did against Memphis on Monday, when they jumped out to a 34-22 early in the second period. The problem, as it is with many teams, is consistency on defense — particularly inside. Zach Randolph was able to make the Pelicans pay inside over and over, and so Memphis had a fairly easy time overcoming that early lead that the Pelicans had built.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Even with all the young talent that the Lakers have, the Pelicans are further along the line of rebuilding progress than the Lakers are. Kobe is not going to pour in 38 every night, and he certainly won’t make seven shots from downtown every night. I look for the Pelicans to return the Lakers to earth, winning 98-91.