The game behind the NBA schedule for Wednesday night is Pelicans–Lakersa battle between an exciting team from one of the league’s smallest markets and a disappointing team playing in one of its biggest.
New Orleans has already beaten the Mowers during his road trip to California this weekend and rested for a few days before his next competition. The Lakers finally recorded their first win of the season last time out when they survived the Nuggets home on Sunday.
Below is the betting breakdown for this game in “SO/UP” format. That means you’ll find an ATS, over/under and prop to tail bet for tonight’s Western Conference showpiece.
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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
Spread: Pelicans -2.5 (-118) | Lakers +2.5 (+100)
Money line: Pelicans (-154) | Lakers (+130)
Total: 228.5 — More (-110) | Under (-110)
Pelicans Betting Profile
Direct recording: 4-2
Against the broadcast record: 4-2
More/Less recording: 5-1
Points per game (ranking): 118.5 (1)
Points allowed per match (ranking): 111.3 (13)
Lakers Betting Profile
Direct recording: 1-5
Against the broadcast record: 1-5
More/Less recording: 2-4
Points per game (ranking): 105.3 (29)
Points allowed per match (ranking): 110.5 (8)
Spread Bet: Pelicans -2.5 (-118)
Anthony Davis, the biggest connector between these two franchises, is questionable for Wednesday’s game. Los Angeles will need his presence to bump with Sion Williamson and Jonas Valanciunas. Without him, LA stands little chance inside either side of the floor. Even with him on the floor, the Lakers aren’t behemoths. They have the second-worst offense in the league and their defense, while solid, isn’t enough to completely snuff out the league’s top scoring offense with so many goal threats.
New Orleans swept the season series last year and two of those games were played in Los Angeles. Unless the Lakers can somehow mirror their offensive performance against Denver last time out — their only win so far — the Pelicans will earn their fourth straight win in the series and cover.
Over/Under Bet: Under 228.5 (-110)
Only two Lakers games this season have seen more than 220 combined points, while the Pelicans are scoring and dropping points in haste. However, New Orleans’ most recent contest against the Clippers is instructive for this contest. The Clippers have the worst offense in the NBA and only managed 91 points in a loss, but they held the Pelicans to 112 thanks to their top-10 defense. The Lakers’ metrics are very similar to the team they share an arena with, and the result could be very similar.
Prop Bet: Jonas Valanciuanas Over 13.5 rebounds + assists (-118)
The New Orleans big man is averaging 10.5 boards per game and delivering three assists, putting him right on that line. He actually hasn’t reached that combined total in his last four games, but with the possibility of Davis missing, he has a chance for a monster night on the glass. And his skill as a setter for a cross gives him extra confidence if he has a more standard rebound output. Add to that the fact that the Lakers lead the league in pace and have one of the worst field goal percentages in basketball and there will be plenty of rebounding opportunities in this contest.
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