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Pels are a Fantastic OVER Bet at Home

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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 for the matchup opened at 208.5.

Shark Bites
  • 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, but they've 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.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at BetOnline opened the New Orleans Pelicans as -10.5-point favorites in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 209 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 111-98 win for the Pelicans on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

New Orleans battles the Los Angeles Lakers, currently with a 10-41 mark (23-28 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 23-24-1 for the New Orleans Pelicans and 23-27-1 for the Los Angeles Lakers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New Orleans vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The New Orleans Pelicans sit at No. 10 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Los Angeles Lakers are at No. 28 on that betting chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits New Orleans's No. 10-ranked offense averaging 102.52 PPG, against a Los Angeles Lakers defense that ranks No. 27 at 106.39 PPG. The New Orleans Pelicans field goal percentage has averaged 44.65% so far, more than the Los Angeles Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 41.23% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kobe Bryant poured in 38 points for Los Angeles on Tuesday, as they defeated Minnesota 119-115 at STAPLES Center.

Anthony Davis scored 28 points for New Orleans on Wednesday, but the Spurs managed a 110-97 victory over the Pelicans at AT&T Center.

Betting Trends
  • LA Lakers is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games
  • LA Lakers is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • LA Lakers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of LA Lakers's last 13 games on the road
  • New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of New Orleans's last 10 games
  • New Orleans is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at San Antonio, Saturday, February 6th
New Orleans at Cleveland, Saturday, February 6th