NBA

Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans

Los Angeles
Lakers
28 - 15
New Orleans
Pelicans
18 - 24
March 23, 2021, 7:30 PM EDT
 | Smoothie King Center

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Los Angeles
Lakers
28 - 15
New Orleans
Pelicans
18 - 24
March 23, 2021, 7:30 PM EDT
 | Smoothie King Center
  • The Lakers (28-15 SU, 21-22 ATS) have been blown out in both games they’ve played this year without LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Los Angeles will once again be without its superstar duo when it visits the Pelicans (18-24, 19-23), who are coming off an upset win Sunday in Denver.

    Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans
    • Date/Time: March 23, 7:30 p.m. ET
    • Arena: Smoothie King Center
    • TV Coverage: TNT
    • Sportsbook Odds: Pelicans -5.5 | O/U 221.5 (Line History)
    • Lakers vs Pelicans Matchup Report

    Sportsbook Odds Analysis

    After the Lakers didn’t come close to sniffing a point spread cover as double-digit underdogs Sunday in Phoenix, oddsmakers had no choice but to make the Pelicans a pretty big favorite in this one. New Orleans has not been a reliable bet this season as chalk in this price range, going 4-5 SU and 3-6 ATS when favored by 6 points or more.

    Los Angeles News & Notes

    The Lakers obviously aren’t the same at either end of the floor without LeBron or A.D., but their offense seems to be suffering the most since James’ injury on Saturday night. LA has averaged just 22.5 points in its six full quarters since The King went down and has scored only 94 points in each of its last two outings, going UNDER the total by a combined 38.5 points.

    Going UNDER the total once again tonight wouldn’t be out of character at all for the Lakers, who have played low-scoring games on the road all season. After Sunday’s 111-94 loss at Phoenix, LA has now stayed UNDER the total in 16 of its 20 games away from home, with those games seeing an average of 212.8 points scored.

    Despite recently coming off the COVID-19 health and safety protocols list, center Marc Gasol sat out Sunday’s contest due to conditioning issues and will likely remain out again tonight. The Lakers’ lack of depth up front could prove especially costly in this one as LA is playing for the fourth time in six days and the sixth time in nine.

    New Orleans News & Notes

    The Pelicans are playing their best basketball of the season as the trade deadline approaches, making for some tricky decisions for general manager Trajan Langdon. New Orleans’ 113-108 win Sunday at Denver improved the Pelicans to 4-1 ATS in their last five games, and they’d have been 4-1 SU during that stretch as well if they hadn’t blown a 17-point fourth-quarter lead last week in Portland.

    Without guard Lonzo Ball in the lineup, New Orleans’ frontcourt duo of Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram led the way with 30 points apiece Sunday in Denver, the third time this season each forward has scored at least 30 in the same game. Williamson has now scored 20-plus points in 20 straight games, and New Orleans has gone OVER the total in 15 of those contests.

    Ball, one of several Pelicans rumored to be on the trade block this week, might miss tonight’s contest as well due to a right hip flexor strain. Nickeil Alexander-Walker made his fourth start of the season Sunday in place of Ball and had 20 points on 15 field-goal attempts.

    Betting Pick: UNDER 221.5

    New Orleans’ defense has been a lot better lately, holding four of its last seven opponents under 108 points, and should be able to contain the short-handed Lakers.

    Shark Bites
    • The UNDER is 21-6 in LA’s last 27 road games.
    • New Orleans is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games.
    • LA is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games in New Orleans.

Odds

Tuesday, March 23 Tue Mar 23


Opening
Current

Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Opening
+5.5
-110
+160
o221.5
-110
-5.5
-110
-200
u221.5
-110
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Current
+6
-117
+195
o221.5
-105
-6
-103
-225
u221.5
-115

Edge Finder

116.49
Points Scored
114.24
47.89
Field Goal %
47.91
34.13
Three Point %
35.99
77.76
Free Throw %
78.69
45.53
Total Rebounds
43.65
116.49
Points Scored
114.24
28.41
First Quarter
29.18
29.55
Second Quarter
27.55
28.27
Third Quarter
29.24
29.39
Fourth Quarter
27.42
47.89
Field Goal %
47.91
77.76
Free Throw %
78.69
34.13
Three Point %
35.99
31.16
Three's Attempts
30.57
10.64
Three's Made
11.00
9.85
Offensive
10.72
35.68
Defensive
32.93
45.53
Total Rebounds
43.65
25.07
Assists
25.92
18.23
Fouls
20.65
13.50
Turnovers
14.09
6.43
Steals
8.46

Head To Head

LAL
Stat Type NOP
8-2
Record
2-8
5-4-1
ATS
4-5-1
6-4
O/U
6-4
119.60
Points Scored
112.20
63.50
Half Time Score
62.70
48.80%
Field Goal Percentage
46.40%
42.80
Rebounds
45.80
121/332
3 Point Shots
96/322
9.00
Steals
7.70
LAL
Stat Type NOP
3-0
Record
0-3
3-0
ATS
0-3
1-2
O/U
1-2
117.33
Points Scored
106.00
61.33
Half Time Score
59.00
45.89%
Field Goal Percentage
44.94%
43.67
Rebounds
48.00
41/116
3 Point Shots
24/88
10.00
Steals
6.67
Jan 15/21 (1 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type NOP
Home
Away
112
Points Scored
95
-9
ATS
+9
218.5 o
O/U
218.5 u
57
Half Time Score
58
41.90%
Field Goal Percentage
47.70%
44
Rebounds
47
15/37
3 Point Shots
9/29
11
Steals
3
Mar 1/20 (2 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type NOP
Away
Home
122
Points Scored
114
+1.5
ATS
-1.5
235.5 o
O/U
235.5 u
63
Half Time Score
61
51.50%
Field Goal Percentage
42.10%
36
Rebounds
52
13/35
3 Point Shots
7/32
9
Steals
7
Feb 25/20 (3 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type NOP
Home
Away
118
Points Scored
109
-7.5
ATS
+7.5
239 o
O/U
239 u
64
Half Time Score
58
44.10%
Field Goal Percentage
45.30%
51
Rebounds
45
13/44
3 Point Shots
8/27
10
Steals
10
Jan 3/20 (4 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type NOP
Home
Away
123
Points Scored
113
-10
ATS
+10
225.5 o
O/U
225.5 u
74
Half Time Score
62
50.00%
Field Goal Percentage
47.10%
47
Rebounds
40
14/29
3 Point Shots
11/37
9
Steals
4
Nov 27/19 (5 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type NOP
Away
Home
114
Points Scored
110
-6.5
ATS
+6.5
231.5 o
O/U
231.5 u
54
Half Time Score
64
51.80%
Field Goal Percentage
40.50%
37
Rebounds
42
8/24
3 Point Shots
17/40
9
Steals
7
Mar 31/19 (6 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type NOP
Away
Home
130
Points Scored
102
+3
ATS
-3
231 o
O/U
231 u
61
Half Time Score
62
47.50%
Field Goal Percentage
45.80%
46
Rebounds
45
15/38
3 Point Shots
8/31
16
Steals
5
Feb 27/19 (7 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type NOP
Home
Away
125
Points Scored
119
-6.5
ATS
+6.5
239.5 o
O/U
239.5 u
63
Half Time Score
57
52.10%
Field Goal Percentage
45.10%
39
Rebounds
52
8/25
3 Point Shots
7/35
7
Steals
6
Feb 23/19 (8 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type NOP
Away
Home
115
Points Scored
128
-6.5
ATS
+6.5
234 o
O/U
234 u
57
Half Time Score
69
54.30%
Field Goal Percentage
52.10%
39
Rebounds
41
10/29
3 Point Shots
15/40
10
Steals
14
Dec 21/18 (9 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type NOP
Home
Away
112
Points Scored
104
-5
ATS
+5
235 o
O/U
235 u
69
Half Time Score
65
46.70%
Field Goal Percentage
43.10%
48
Rebounds
53
8/32
3 Point Shots
8/27
7
Steals
8
Mar 22/18 (10 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type NOP
Away
Home
125
Points Scored
128
+2.5
ATS
-2.5
231.5 o
O/U
231.5 u
73
Half Time Score
71
49.40%
Field Goal Percentage
54.70%
41
Rebounds
41
17/39
3 Point Shots
6/24
2
Steals
13

Team Records

LAL
Record NOP
28-15
All
18-24
14-9
Home
12-10
14-6
Away
6-14
27-11
As Fav
8-12
1-4
As Dog
10-12
21-22
ATS
19-23
10-13
ATS Home
10-12
11-9
ATS Away
9-11
16-26-1
O/U
28-13-1
12-11
O/U Home
17-4-1
4-15-1
O/U Away
11-9
LAL
Record NOP
6-4
All
4-6
5-2
Home
3-3
1-2
Away
1-3
6-1
As Fav
1-3
0-3
As Dog
3-3
7-3
ATS
5-5
5-2
ATS Home
3-3
2-1
ATS Away
2-2
3-6-1
O/U
5-5
2-5
O/U Home
4-2
1-1-1
O/U Away
1-3
LAL
Record NOP
2-5
All
4-3
1-3
Home
3-1
1-2
Away
1-2
2-2
As Fav
3-2
0-3
As Dog
1-1
3-4
ATS
3-4
1-3
ATS Home
2-2
2-1
ATS Away
1-2
4-2-1
O/U
4-2-1
3-1
O/U Home
2-1-1
1-1-1
O/U Away
2-1
LAL
Record NOP
9-6
All
8-8
4-4
Home
6-4
5-2
Away
2-4
8-6
As Fav
3-5
1-0
As Dog
5-3
5-10
ATS
8-8
2-6
ATS Home
5-5
3-4
ATS Away
3-3
4-11
O/U
11-5
3-5
O/U Home
8-2
1-6
O/U Away
3-3
LAL
Record NOP
19-9
All
10-16
10-5
Home
6-6
9-4
Away
4-10
19-5
As Fav
5-7
0-4
As Dog
5-9
16-12
ATS
11-15
8-7
ATS Home
5-7
8-5
ATS Away
6-8
12-15-1
O/U
17-8-1
9-6
O/U Home
9-2-1
3-9-1
O/U Away
8-6

Injuries

Name Position Inj Desc
Christian WoodPFIs out indefinitely, Knee
Jarred VanderbiltSFIs out indefinitely, Foot
Cam ReddishSGIs "?" Sunday vs Phoenix, Ankle
Gabe VincentPGIs out indefinitely, Knee
Name Position Inj Desc
Brandon IngramSFIs "?" Sunday vs Chicago, Illness
Dyson DanielsSFIs out indefinitely, Knee

Last 10 Games

Date Opp Score SU Line Total ATS FG% FT% 3PTM
Mar 21, 2021PHO94-111L+10.5216.50L/U41.1867.865
Mar 20, 2021ATL94-99L-3.5219L/U41.9875.008
Mar 18, 2021CHR116-105W-7225W/U48.3575.0013
Mar 16, 2021MIN137-121W-7.5223.50W/O57.4785.7113
Mar 15, 2021GS128-97W-1.5225W/P62.8276.0011
Mar 12, 2021IND105-100W-4.5219W/U44.7476.927
Mar 3, 2021SAC120-123L+4.5223.50W/O52.6971.4312
Mar 2, 2021PHO104-114L+1.5215.50L/O51.9576.4711
Feb 28, 2021GS117-91W-2.5221W/U47.0668.4211
Feb 26, 2021POR102-93W-5222.50W/U42.0575.007
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Date Opp Score SU Line Total ATS FG% FT% 3PTM
Mar 21, 2021DEN113-108W+6.5230W/U48.2476.678
Mar 18, 2021POR93-101L+1.5239.50L/U39.7668.0010
Mar 16, 2021POR124-125L+2239W/O52.2780.0016
Mar 14, 2021LAC135-115W+6233W/O65.4380.9512
Mar 12, 2021CLE116-82W-6.5225.50W/U46.5384.216
Mar 11, 2021MIN105-135L-8238L/O43.0054.176
Mar 4, 2021MIA93-103L+2225L/U39.7680.0011
Mar 3, 2021CHI124-128L-6237L/O55.4268.426
Mar 1, 2021UTA129-124W+7237W/O56.5278.267
Feb 27, 2021SAN114-117L-2232.50L/U43.9680.659
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