Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will be looking to pull off the huge upset over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers when they take to the hardwood at the Staples Center in glitzy Los Angeles on Tuesday night. With the Pelicans looking to improve on their late-season push for a playoff berth and the Lakers looking to stay consistent as we move closer to the end of the regular season, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their NBA Odds for the Pelicans vs Lakers.
Pelicans vs Lakers 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 10:00 PM ET
- Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
- TV: TNT, TSN
- NBA Odds: LA Lakers -8 /Total: 238.5
Why Bet On New Orleans
The Pelicans have won two straight, five of six and 8 of their last 11 games overall. New Orleans got past Golden State 115-101 on Sunday as rookie superstar Zion Williamson scored a team-high 28 points while Jrue Holiday added 23 points, seven rebounds and 15 assists. The Pelicans have had the look of a completely different team since Williamson made his debut after sitting out a large portion of the regular season with a knee injury. The high-flying rookie has scored 20 points or more in eight straight games.
“He isn’t your typical 19-year-old,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said after the win over Golden State. “He’s a very mature kid, very respectful of his teammates and they are very respectful of him as well. He is all about winning. Just winning.”
New Orleans averages a healthy 116.0 points per game to rank an impressive fourth in scoring while allowing 117.0 points per game defensively (28th). The Pelicans have gone a decent 14-15 on the road this season.
- Total Score: 115.96
- Field Goal %: 46.16
- Three Point %: 37.6
- Free Throw %: 73.13
- Total Rebounds: 46.7
- Total Score: 116.98
- Field Goal %: 46.54
- Three Point %: 35.67
- Free Throw %: 78.64
- Total Rebounds: 45.4
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
- Pelicans are 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 road games.
- Pelicans are 14-4-1 ATS in their last 19 games following a ATS win.
- Pelicans are 7-2-2 ATS in their last 11 games as a road underdog.
- Pelicans are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall.
- Pelicans are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 games as an underdog.
- Pelicans are 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up win.
- Pelicans are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Pelicans are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
Why Bet On The LA Lakers
The Lakers have won five straight and seven of their last eight games overall including a thrilling 114-112 win over Boston on Sunday. All-star power forward Anthony Davis scored a team-high 32 points to go along with 13 rebounds while LeBron James added 29 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the win. LA got the win despite giving up a game-high 41 points to blossoming C’s star Jayson Tatum and Boston nearly got the upset without starting point guard Kemba Walker.
“It was about who wanted it more,” Davis said. “With or without Kemba, they’re a tough team. They’ve proven they can win without him. To play a team like that in a playoff atmosphere is something you want. We just stayed with it. We know how big this rivalry is.”
The Lakers average 114.8 points per game (7th) while limiting the opposition to 107.4 points per game defensively (6th). LA has gone 20-7 at home this season.
- Total Score: 114.76
- Field Goal %: 48.72
- Three Point %: 36.17
- Free Throw %: 72.63
- Total Rebounds: 46.27
- Total Score: 107.36
- Field Goal %: 44.68
- Three Point %: 34.87
- Free Throw %: 77.4
- Total Rebounds: 41.78
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
- Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Lakers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest.
Pelicans vs Lakers Expert Analysis and Prediction
The Lakers are playing well right now and looking to improve their play even more as we inch closer toward the postseason. Unfortunately, I believe LA’s lack of quality bench depth will not only cause them to come up short of their championship hopes, but to narrowly fail to cover the chalk in this contest against the mostly young and hungry Pelicans.
New Orleans has gone a red-hot 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 road games and equally impressive 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 games as an underdog. Conversely, the older Lakers are just 2-7 ATS in their last nine games playing on one days’ rest. While the Pelicans are an uninspiring 1-3-1 ATS in the last five road dates against Los Angeles, that was recorded without Zion Williamson on the court. Led by the energetic rookie and a cast of other young players with a bunch of upside, I’m going with New Orleans to cover the chalk in a closer than expected affair.
Pick: LA Lakers 116 New Orleans 111