Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Predictions, Betting Lines & Picks
- The Lakers have suffered two straight losses and will likely be without the services of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
- The Pelicans are coming off of an impressive victory over the Denver Nuggets.
- Los Angeles has won their last seven meetings with New Orleans.
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Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Predictions and Picks
Without their top two stars, the Los Angeles Lakers have begun to look decidedly ordinary. The Pelicans on the other hand look fantastic, coming off of a victory over one of the West’s best.
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How to Watch Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans
|Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Information|
|What||Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans|
|Where||Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA|
|When||7:30 PM EST, March 23rd, 2021|
|How to Watch||TNT|
Head-to-Head: Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans
|Los Angeles Lakers||Head-to-Head||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Frank Vogel||Head Coach||Stan Van Gundy|
|28-15 (3rd in West)||Standing||18-24 (11th in West)|
|111.6 (18th of 30)||Off Rtg||116.1 (7th of 30)|
|106.3 (1st of 30)||Def Rtg||116.0 (28th of 30)|
|98.7 (18th of 30)||Pace||98.8 (17th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|L. James (25.4)||PPG||Z. Williamson (25.7)|
|A. Davis (8.4)||RPG||S. Adams (9.2)|
|L. James (7.9)||APG||L. Ball (5.6)|
|A. Davis (1.3)||SPG||L. Ball (1.3)|
|A. Davis (1.8)||BPG||B. Ingram, Z. Williamson (0.7)|
|D. Jones (.941)/L. James (9.5)||FG%/FGM||J. Hayes (.725)/Z. Williamson (9.9)|
|K. Caldwell-Pope (.403)/L. James (2.4)||3P%/3PM||L. Ball (.385)/L. Ball (3.0)|
LAL: Where Can the Lakers Find Production?
The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be without some big pieces in this game. Anthony Davis, LeBron James, and Marc Gasol are all expected to be unavailable. So where will they find their production?
In their loss to the Phoenix Suns, it was Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell who stepped up their game. But expected contributors like Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker fell flat.
The lack of playmaking on the court is the main issue, as without James or Gasol on the court the Lakers are missing a true creative threat.
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NOP: Start Strong
The New Orleans Pelicans took down the Denver Nuggets off of the back of a stellar fourth-quarter performance from their All-Stars. To beat a veteran Lakers team, they’ll want to start strong to avoid tough late-game situations.
The Pelicans had to catch back up against the Nuggets after surrendering a 22 to 30 lead in the second quarter. Luckily a combined 18 points from Williamson and Ingram in the fourth helped them toward victory.
New Orleans allowed the Nuggets to shoot 52.6% from the field in the first quarter. If they let the Lakers get off to that kind of start, it’ll be an even tougher road back.
Lakers Key Player: (G) Dennis Schroder
Incredible hustle play from Dennis Schroder!
Talk about putting your body on the line 😤 pic.twitter.com/mOQZx9Nsl7
— Sky Sports NBA (@SkySportsNBA) March 20, 2021
The Lakers were missing a number of key players, but that didn’t stop German international Dennis Schroder from playing his game.
In the Lakers’ loss to the Phoenix Suns, Schroder posted 22 points on eight of 14 shooting from the field.
Schroder’s scoring is a positive for the Lakers, but he’ll have to do more in terms of playmaking to create opportunities for his teammates. Schroder is one of the few Lakers that can create his own shot, so the offence will likely go as he does.
Pelicans Key Player: (G) Nickeil Alexander-Walker
— NBA (@NBA) July 28, 2020
Nickeil Alexander-Walker put in a welcome shift in the Pelicans’ victory over the Nuggets. Scoring 20 in two of his last three games, head coach Stan Van Gundy may have found something in the youngster.
Against the Nuggets, Alexander-Walker posted 20 points, and collected three rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and one steal in 30 minutes of play.
The sophomore’s scoring is a welcome addition to a team that have few options outside of Ingram and Williamson. With Ball out of the lineup, he’ll have even more opportunity in this game.
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