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New Orleans favored by $Spread against Los Angeles on Tuesday

New Orleans PelicansLos Angeles Lakers
3-4November 12, 2013, 10:30 | STAPLES Center3-5

The visiting Pelicans hope to send their backers to the pay window on Tuesday as they look to cover the spread at STAPLES Center against the Lakers.

Los Angeles battles the Pelicans, currently with a 3-4 mark (3-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 4-4 for the Lakers and 3-4 for the Pelicans. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Lakers in this one, they were listed earlier as 2-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 198 for Tuesday at shops such as 5Dimes.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 16-rated Pelicans taking on the No. 23-rated Lakers in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 92-83 win for the Pelicans on Tuesday.

The Pelicans were a 101-94 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Suns. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (195) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Pelicans endured a 101-94 loss at the hands of the Suns on Sunday, despite a 22-point effort from Jason Smith at US Airways Center.

Los Angeles was a 113-90 loser in its last match at home against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 203 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Los Angeles was run off the court by the Timberwolves on Sunday as Minnesota blasted them 113-90 at STAPLES Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 18-ranked offense (97.25 PPG) against a Pelicans defense that ranks No. 4 at 94.71 PPG. The Lakers have averaged 40.57% from the field per game, less than the Pelicans have managed so far this season (43.22% on average).

Next up:
New Orleans at Utah, Wednesday, November 13th
Los Angeles at Denver, Wednesday, November 13th