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Pelicans home to Lakers in NBA betting action

Los Angeles LakersNew Orleans Pelicans
3-3November 08, 2013, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena2-3

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Los Angeles when they hit take on the Pelicans on Friday in pro hoops betting action.

The Pelicans sit at 2-3 (2-3 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Lakers are currently 3-3 (4-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? New Orleans is 3-2 OU, and Los Angeles is 4-2 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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

New Orleans opened as -8-point Favorite at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 202 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Pelicans at No. 22 and the Lakers at No. 17 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 93-86 result in favor of the Pelicans.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 99-98 result against the Rockets on November 7. The Lakers covered in that game as a 13.5-point underdog, while the 197 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Los Angeles earned a 99-98 victory over Houston on Thursday, getting 18 points from Jodie Meeks at Toyota Center.

New Orleans won its last outing, a 99-84 result against the Grizzlies on November 6. The Pelicans covered in that game as a 7-point underdog, while the 183 combined points took the game UNDER the total. New Orleans got 19 points from Eric Gordon en route to a 99-84 victory over Memphis on Wednesday at FedExForum.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 20-ranked offense (96.4 PPG) against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 28 at 107.17 PPG. The Pelicans have averaged 42.89% from the field per game, more than the Lakers have managed so far this season (41.28% on average).

Next up:
Los Angeles at Minnesota, Sunday, November 10th
New Orleans at Phoenix, Sunday, November 10th