New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 2/15/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Crypto.com Arena is the location where the Los Angeles Lakers will attempt to beat the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.
The Pelicans faced the Cavaliers and took a loss by a score of 118-107 in their last game. New Orleans finished with a 47.6% field goal percentage (39 of 82) and converted 9 of their 24 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Pelicans converted 20 of their 25 attempts for a rate of 80.0%. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they earned 34 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 25 dimes in the game as well as forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and earning 8 steals. With regard to the defense, New Orleans let their opponent shoot 56.5% from the field on 48 of 85 shooting. Cleveland doled out 28 dimes and had 9 steals in this matchup. In addition, Cleveland grabbed 41 rebounds (12 offensive, 29 defensive) and got 3 rejections. Cleveland finished 80.0% at the free throw line by making 12 of their 15 shots. They converted 10 of their 28 attempts from 3-point land. In relation to personal fouls, the Pelicans walked away with 18 while the Cavaliers totaled 22 personal fouls.
Brandon Ingram is one player who was important in this matchup. Ingram walked away from this one shooting 53.3% from the field and recorded 8 assists. He saw the court for 33 mins and pulled down 3 rebounds. He walked away with 25 points on 8 of 15 shooting.
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New Orleans enters this contest with a win-loss record of 30-28 this season. They have an average of 115.1 points per game (12th in basketball) while hitting 48.0% from the field. The Pelicans are shooting 35.6% on 3-point shots (628 of 1,763) and 78.1% from the free throw line. As a unit, New Orleans is snagging 44.0 boards per game and has accounted for 1,495 dimes for the season, which is 11th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 15.0 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 20.7 fouls every game.
Defensively, the Pelicans are able to force 15.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.7 personal fouls. They are 15th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,459 surrendered for the year. The Pelicans defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 47.4% (2,402 of 5,072) and they relinquish 42.1 rebounds per game as a squad. They are relinquishing 34.1% on shots from distance and they are 15th in the league in points per game from their opponents (113.4).
When they last stepped on the court, the Lakers went home victorious with a score of 109-103 when they faced the Warriors. In relation to rebounding, Los Angeles permitted Golden State to pull down 43 overall (7 offensive). They finished 27.3% from beyond the arc by going 12 of 44 and ended up going 11 out of 12 from the free throw line (91.7%). The Lakers permitted the Warriors to bury 40 out of 96 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.7% in this matchup. When this game wrapped up, the Lakers finished 40 out of 89 from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.9%. Concerning shooting from distance, Los Angeles made 8 of their 25 tries (32.0%). They were able to bury 21 of the free throws for a clip of 80.8%. The Warriors committed 21 personal fouls in this game which got the Lakers to the charity stripe for a total of 26 tries. They coughed up the ball 15 times, while getting 4 steals in this matchup. The Lakers recorded 42 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 52 for the matchup.
Dennis Schroder ended up being a major contributor for the Lakers in this matchup. He buried 7 of 12 in the game for a field goal percentage of 58.3%, and accounted for 3 rebounds. Schroder recorded 26 points in his 30 mins on the hardwood and had 3 dimes for this game.
Los Angeles has a mark of 26-32 so far this season. The Lakers have committed 18.4 fouls per contest and they shoot 77.9% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 25.1 times per contest (16th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.1 times per game. Los Angeles has scored 6,784 points so far this season (117.0 per game) and they pull down 45.3 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Lakers are shooting 48.1% from the floor, which ranks them 10th in the league.
The Lakers on defense are ranked 27th in basketball in points given up per game with 118.4. They are forcing 12.7 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 47.3% from the floor (14th in basketball). The Los Angeles defense gives up 34.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (738 of 2,121) and their opponents are connecting on 77.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They have surrendered 25.9 dimes and 45.6 rebounds every game, which is 24th and 27th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New Orleans
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