Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 2/4/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Bally Sports New Orleans
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-1)
The New Orleans Pelicans are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers at Smoothie King Center on Saturday. New Orleans opens as 1-point underdogs. The betting total comes in at 228.
The Lakers stepped onto the hardwood against the Pacers and took home the win by a score of 112-111 in their last contest. Los Angeles finished with a 45.7% FG percentage (42 out of 92) and buried 6 of their 22 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Lakers converted 22 of 31 shots for a percentage of 71.0%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 51 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 29 assists for this contest in addition to forcing 16 turnovers and earning 8 steals. Concerning the defense, Los Angeles allowed 48.4% from the field on 45 out of 93 shooting. Indiana distributed 30 assists and had 8 steals in the game. Additionally, Indiana snagged 46 rebounds (6 offensive, 40 defensive) and had 5 rejections. Indiana shot 83.3% when shooting free throws by knocking down 5 of 6 shots. They buried 16 out of their 41 shots from long range. In the matter of fouls, the Lakers left the arena with 10 while the Pacers finished the game with 21 fouls.
Anthony Davis is a player who was a factor for the matchup. Davis ended up going 48.1% from the field and also recorded 2 assists. He played for 35 minutes and also totaled 14 rebounds. He finished with 31 points on 13 of 27 shooting.
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Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 25-28 so far this season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.1 times per game and as a squad they commit 18.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Los Angeles is grabbing 45.2 boards per game and is sitting with 1,330 assists for the season, which ranks 13th in the league in terms of passing. The Lakers are hitting 33.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (554 of 1,649) and 78.0% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 116.9 pts per game (6th in basketball) while shooting 48.1% from the field.
On the defensive end of the court, the Lakers have forced 12.8 turnovers per game and they draw 21.3 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 24th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,361 surrendered for the campaign. The Lakers defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 47.2% (2,347 of 4,970) and they surrender 45.7 rebounds per contest as a group. They are conceding 34.7% on shots from downtown and they rank 26th in the league in PPG allowed (118.1).
For their last game, the Pelicans took a loss by a score of 111-106 when they faced the Mavericks. The Pelicans were able to corral 38 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards totaling 50 in this game. They also turned it over 17 times, while recording 6 steals for this contest. The Mavericks had 24 personal fouls in this contest which got the Pelicans to the charity stripe for a total of 21 tries. They were able to make 17 of the free throws for a rate of 81.0%. When it comes to 3-point attempts, New Orleans made 5 out of 20 tries (25.0%). Overall, the Pelicans finished shooting 42 for 84 from the floor which had them shooting 50.0%. The Pelicans permitted the Mavericks to knock down 37 of their 85 tries from the floor which had them shooting 43.5% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 34.1% from beyond the arc by shooting 14 out of 41 and ended up shooting 23 out of 29 at the charity stripe (79.3%). When it comes to rebounding, New Orleans permitted Dallas to snag 36 in total (6 offensive).
Brandon Ingram ended up being a factor for the Pelicans for the contest. He knocked down 10 of 20 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and had 9 rebounds. Ingram earned 26 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood and totaled 7 dimes for this game.
New Orleans has a win-loss mark of 26-27 for the campaign. The Pelicans are responsible for committing 20.7 fouls every game and they go 78.0% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 25.8 times per game (10th in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.2 times per game. New Orleans has totaled 6,084 points on the year (114.8 per contest) and they snag 44.2 boards per contest. As an offensive team, the Pelicans are hitting on 47.7% from the floor, which ranks them 12th in the league.
The New Orleans defense allows 34.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (659 of 1,916) and opponents are knocking down 78.0% of their foul shots. They allow 25.1 assists and 42.1 rebounds per game, which ranks them 12th and 6th in basketball. The Pelicans on the defensive end are ranked 15th in basketball in points allowed per game with 113.6. They are forcing 15.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.4% from the field (18th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-1)
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