NBA fans may question why Thursday night’s Los Angeles Lakers-New Orleans Pelicans contest is getting the nationally televised treatment – a fair quip – however hoops bettors will be paying attention to one main stat. In the Pelicans’ 24 matchups at the Smoothie King Center, the OVER/UNDER is 18-6.
- The total has gone UNDER in the Lakers' last six games after winning as an underdog.
- The Pelicans are 6-17 ATS in their last 23 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
- The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Pelicans' last 10 games with no days off between games.
The Lakers, who opened as 10.5-point underdogs at most sportsbooks, have been traditionally awful in this spot. The Lakers are 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in their previous seven when tabbed as underdogs of 10.5 points or less. Future Hall of Famer/ornery NBA veteran Kobe Bryant is listed as questionable for the affair with a sore shoulder after lighting up the Minnesota Timberwolves for 38 points on Tuesday.
Stringing wins together has been a monumental task for the Lakeshow as of late, as Byron Scott’s club are 2-13 SU and 4-11 ATS in games coming off a win.
The Pelicans (18-30 SU) have been far from a safe bet this season at 20-28 ATS, however they have turned things around as of late. The Pellies have won seven of their previous 11 games to keep their faint postseason hopes alive in a surprisingly weak Western Conference.