New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions, Expert NBA Pick 2/25/2020
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -8
Staples Center is the site where Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers (43-12, 1st in the Pacific Division) will take on the New Orleans Pelicans (25-32, 4th in the Southwest Division) on Tuesday. New Orleans opens this contest as 8 point dogs. The over/under is set at 238.5.
The Pelicans cover 54.5% of the time, having gone 30-25-2 ATS. Los Angeles covers the spread 53.7% of the time, going 29-25-1 against the spread.
Key New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
02/21/20 G Kenrich Williams Back is out indefinitely
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
10/19/19 C DeMarcus Cousins Knee is out for season
Jrue Holiday comes into this contest averaging 19.4 points per game while playing 34.6 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 71%. Brandon Ingram averages 24.5 points per game in 33.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.3 assists per contest and 6.3 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 86%.
Anthony Davis averages 26.8 points per game while playing 34.7 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 9.4 rebounds per game and has 3.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is at 84%. LeBron James averages 25.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.7 rebounds per contest and 10.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 69%.
Useful Team Statistics
New Orleans averages 116.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.0 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 14th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 4th in the league. They average 46.7 rebounds per game and 26.6 assists per game, which ranks them 5th and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 3rd with 16.0 per game. The Pelicans allow 117.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 28th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 19th and 18th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.4 rebounds a game which ranks 16th and they give up 24.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 15th place in the league. They force 14.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles is 7th in the league with 114.8 points per game this year. They are 1st in the league in shooting at 49%, while their average scoring margin is 7.4. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 14th in the NBA. They are 7th in the league in rebounding with 46.3 boards per game, and 6th in assists per contest with 26.2. The Lakers are 9th in turnovers per game with 15.1. The Lakers surrender 107.4 points per contest, which ranks them 7th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 7th and 12th in those defensive statistics. They rank 6th with 23.1 assists allowed per contest and 1st with 41.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Lakers are 24th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.5 per game.
The Pelicans are 15th in the league in defensive rating with 112, and their offensive rating of 111 is ranked 22nd. They are 3rd in the NBA in pace with 103.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 6th. As a unit they are 11th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shot attempts, ranking 6th in the NBA. New Orleans is 5th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 13th in the NBA.
Los Angeles is 10th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 24th in the league. The Lakers are 4th in the NBA in offensive rating with 113.6, and their defensive rating of 106.2 is ranked 3rd. In terms of pace they are 12th in the league with 100.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 55% is 2nd. As a team they are 5th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 23rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's Pelicans/Lakers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take New Orleans +8
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