New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 4/1/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Friday, April 1, 2022
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: NBA TV
The Los Angeles Lakers (31-44) are welcoming the New Orleans Pelicans (33-43) at Crypto.com Arena on Friday.
The Pelicans faced the Trail Blazers and earned the victory with a final of 117-107 in their last game. New Orleans walked away from the game with a 51.3% field goal percentage (40 of 78) and made 6 of their 24 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Pelicans made 31 of their 39 attempts for a rate of 79.5%. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 40 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 26 assists for the game as well as forcing the opposition into 4 turnovers and earning 16 steals. When talking about the defense, New Orleans let their opponent shoot 45.9% from the floor on 39 out of 85 shooting. Portland distributed 41 dimes and had 30 steals in this game. Moreover, Portland totaled 28 rebounds (13 offensive, 15 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Portland shot 83.3% when shooting free throws by making 15 of 18 shots. They also converted 14 of their 42 attempts from beyond the arc. With respect to personal fouls, the Pelicans finished with 16 while the Trail Blazers had 20 personal fouls.
Jonas Valanciunas is a guy who played a role in the game. Valanciunas finished shooting 72.7% from the field and also recorded 4 dimes. He was on the court for 35 minutes and collected 11 rebounds. He ended up finishing with 19 points on 8 out of 11 shooting.
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New Orleans enters this matchup with a record of 33-43 on the season. They average 108.9 points per outing (21st in the league) on 45.6% from the field. The Pelicans are shooting 33.2% on shots from beyond the arc (812 of 2,447) and 78.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, New Orleans is pulling down 45.4 rebounds per contest and has earned 1,898 dimes on the campaign, which is 12th in the league in terms of passing. They turn it over 14.1 times per game and as a squad are committing 19.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on defense, the Pelicans are able to force 14.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.4 fouls. They currently rank 13th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,852 relinquished on the campaign. The Pelicans are allowing a field goal percentage of 46.7% (3,040 of 6,516) and they surrender 42.0 boards per contest as a group. They surrender 35.9% on shots from downtown and they are 14th in the league in PPG allowed (109.8).
For their last game, the Lakers went home defeated by a final of 128-110 against the Mavericks. The Lakers earned 34 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive boards for a total of 48 for the matchup. They also turned the ball over 9 times, while getting 7 steals for the contest. The Mavericks earned 7 fouls for this game which took the Lakers to the charity stripe for 22 tries. They were able to convert 18 of the free throws for a percentage of 81.8%. Pertaining to shots from distance, Los Angeles knocked down 12 of their 44 tries (27.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Lakers ended up going 40 for 89 from the field which had them at 44.9%. The Lakers permitted the Mavericks to bury 45 of their 87 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.7% in this matchup. They finished shooting 43.5% from downtown by hitting 20 of 46 and finished the game at 18 out of 23 at the free throw line (78.3%). In the matter of cleaning the glass, Los Angeles permitted Dallas to pull down 35 overall (11 on the offensive glass).
Malik Monk ended up being a major contributor for the Lakers in this matchup. Monk totaled 28 points in his 32 mins of playing time and accounted for 2 assists for the matchup. He converted 10 of 16 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 62.5%, and tallied 4 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a mark of 31-44 on the year. The Lakers commit 20.2 personal fouls per contest and they go 72.8% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 24.1 times per game (16th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.6 times per game. Los Angeles has 8,366 pts so far this season (111.5 per contest) and they pull down 44.1 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Lakers are shooting 46.8% from the floor, which is 8th in the NBA.
The Lakers on the defensive end are ranked 27th in the league in PPG surrendered with 114.5. They are forcing their opponents into 14.1 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.7% from the field (21st in the NBA). The Los Angeles defense allows 35.2% on 3-pointers (947 of 2,687) and their opposition knocks down 74.4% of their foul shots. They have conceded 25.9 dimes and 46.9 boards per contest, which is 26th and 26th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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