Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 5/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Bally Sports New Orleans
The New Orleans Pelicans (31-40) play the Los Angeles Lakers (40-30) at Smoothie King Center on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Lakers played the Houston Rockets and notched a win by a score of 124-122 in their last game. Los Angeles ended the contest with a 57.1% field goal percentage (52 out of 91) and buried 7 of 20 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Lakers made 13 of 22 attempts for a rate of 59.1%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 41 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 28 dimes in this matchup as well as creating 15 turnovers and earning 8 steals. With respect to defending, Los Angeles allowed their opponent to shoot 50.6% from the field on 43 of 85 shooting. Houston earned 33 dimes and had 7 steals in this game. Additionally, Houston pulled down 41 rebounds (8 offensive, 33 defensive) and got 3 blocks. Houston shot 66.7% from the charity stripe by burying 18 of 27 shots. They also made 18 out of their 42 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Talen Horton-Tucker is one guy who was important in the game. He racked up 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He played 36:43 minutes played and pulled down 2 rebounds. Horton-Tucker shot 56.3% from the floor and totaled 10 dimes. Someone else that was a factor in this game for the Lakers was Andre Drummond. He pulled down 10 rebounds in 21:45 minutes played on the night. He shot 69.2% from the floor for this contest by shooting 9-of-13 (20 points). Overall, Drummond had accumulated 2 assists.
Los Angeles will enter this game with a record of 40-30 so far this season. They average 109.4 points per game (23rd in basketball) while connecting on 47.2% from the field. The Lakers are hitting 35.4% on shots from 3-point land (774 of 2,184) and 73.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling in 44.3 rebounds per game and has tallied 1,720 assists for the season, which ranks 16th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 15.3 times per game and as a group they commit 19.2 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Lakers have forced 15.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.3 fouls. They are ranked 12th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,722 relinquished on the season. The Lakers defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 45.9% (1,061 of 1,489) and they concede 42.0 boards per contest as a squad. They give up 35.4% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 2nd in the NBA in points per game allowed (106.8).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the New Orleans Pelicans went home defeated by a final of 125-122 when they played the Golden State Warriors. The Pelicans were able to snag 39 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 51 for the game. They also turned the ball over 9 times, while getting 6 steals for the contest. The Warriors had 21 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Pelicans to the free throw line for a total of 28 shots. They were able to knock down 19 of the free throws for a percentage of 67.9%. Regarding shots from distance, New Orleans made 11 of their 27 attempts (40.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Pelicans shot 46 out of 99 from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.5%. The Pelicans allowed the Warriors to make 42 out of 87 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 48.3% in the game. They finished the game shooting 43.6% from three-point range by shooting 17 of 39 and ended up shooting 24 out of 30 from the charity stripe (80.0%). Regarding rebounding, New Orleans permitted Golden State to snag 46 in all (8 on the offensive glass).
Nickeil Alexander-Walker ended up having an impact for the Pelicans for this contest. He knocked down 11 of 24 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 45.8%, and totaled 5 rebounds. Alexander-Walker tallied 30 points in his 40:03 minutes on the hardwood and had 4 dimes for the contest. Another guy that was important for New Orleans was Naji Marshall. He left the arena with 3 dimes in 35:55 mins on the court, and he knocked down 7 of 15 from the floor. Marshall walked away from this one going 46.7% from the floor while collecting 20 points and 13 boards.
New Orleans has a win-loss mark of 31-40 on the year. As an offensive unit, the Pelicans are shooting 47.7% from the field, which is 7th in basketball. New Orleans has 8,153 pts for the year (114.8 per contest) and they pull down 47.4 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 26.0 times per game (10th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 14.5 times per contest. The Pelicans have committed 18.0 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 72.9% from the free throw line. The Pelicans defensively are ranked 24th in the league in PPG given up with 115.0. They have forced 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 46.9% from the floor (19th in basketball). The New Orleans defense surrenders 38.1% on shots from beyond the arc (1,032 of 2,710) and their opponents are converting on 79.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 25.9 assists and 41.8 rebounds per contest, which is 23rd and 3rd in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take New Orleans
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