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Pelicans' Defense Has Sprung a Leak of Late

The Los Angeles Lakers have won five straight ahead of Tuesday’s clash with the New Orleans Pelicans, but it’s hurt their chances of attaining a higher draft pick in the upcoming NBA draft. The third-last Lakers, who are one game ahead of the Phoenix Suns in the standings, will lose their first-round pick if it falls outside of the top three as it’s top-three protected to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Shark Bites
  • The Pelicans are 5-12 SU in their last 17 games on the road against the Lakers.
  • The Lakers are 2-11 SU in their last 13 games after winning as an underdog.
  • The Lakers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games.

New Orleans has dropped its last four games while surrendering a brutal 124 points, and big men DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are both day-to-day with injuries. The Pels took two of the first three meetings this season including a 105-97 triumph in L.A. on March 5.

The Lakers haven’t won five in a row to end a season since 2012-13, and a big reason for the streak has been the play of power forward Larry Nance Jr. Nance Jr. has averaged 11 rebounds in the Lakers’ past four contests.

The UNDER is cashing when the Pelicans travel to California, evidenced by the O/U going 1-3 in New Orleans' last four vs the Lakers at Staples Center.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the New Orleans Pelicans listed as 1.5-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 219 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 114-106 result in favor of the Lakers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Lakers bring a 25-55 record (36-42-2 ATS) to the battle against the 33-47 New Orleans Pelicans, who are 37-41-2 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen Los Angeles Lakers go 44-36 so far and the New Orleans Pelicans go 38-42. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs New Orleans injuries news.

The betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 15-rated New Orleans Pelicans taking on the No. 28-rated Los Angeles Lakers in this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 17-ranked offense averaging 104.66 PPG, against a New Orleans Pelicans defense that ranks No. 17 at 106.5 PPG. The Los Angeles Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 44.98% so far, less than the New Orleans Pelicans shooters have achieved on the year, 45.01% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

New Orleans was run off the court by the Warriors on Saturday as Golden State blasted them 123-101 at Oracle Arena.

Tyler Ennis scored 20 points leading the Lakers to a 110-109 victory over Minnesota at STAPLES Center on Sunday.

Betting Trends
  • New Orleans is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • New Orleans is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 7 games
  • New Orleans is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • LA Lakers is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • LA Lakers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • LA Lakers is 6-18 SU in its last 24 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Lakers's last 5 games

Next Betting Matchups

New Orleans at Portland, Wednesday, April 12th
Los Angeles at Golden State, Wednesday, April 12th

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