Despite boasting a quality team, New Orleans finds itself with a losing record after nine games. However, the Lakers have had no such troubles. Online betting enthusiasts have cashed in on the Lakers but can they hold off a hungry Pelicans side on Friday?
New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers is a tasty Western Conference matchup and we have betting predictions available. Our online sportsbook has value odds available for the big game, which tips off at 10 p.m. ET.
Pelicans Hoping To End Slide
The 2021 NBA betting season was going well for the New Orleans Pelicans, but it has endured a four-game slide. Losses to Indiana, Oklahoma City, and Charlotte, has put the Pelicans on the back foot.
New Orleans is looking for more consistency from Zion Williamson, who hasn’t fallen into a groove and now has COVID-19 issues. New Orleans needs to get back into contention in the West, otherwise, it could struggle as the season gets deeper.
If the Pelicans are going to end the slide, they’ll need to beat the best team in the NBA.
Lakers Enjoying A Drama-Free Season
There is so much drama going on in the NBA, but the Lakers have managed to go about their business without a care in the world.
Whether it be trade rumors or injuries, the Lakers have stayed out of trouble. They are 10-3 and have won eight of their last nine games. During that stretch, Los Angeles defeated Houston twice, which hastened James Harden’s departure from the Rockets.
One thing Los Angeles wants to improve on is its home record of 3-3. Home dominance is something every NBA team strives for, so after three consecutive games on the road, the Lakers can enjoy home cooking.
Lakers Have Statistical Advantage
Statistics aren’t everything when sports betting, but the Lakers have a clear advantage over the Pelicans.
Los Angeles is averaging 114.7 points per game and giving up 105.7 points. That is better than the 107.1 PPG on offense and 106.6 PPG on defense for the Pelicans.
Playing efficient basketball is one way to win in the NBA, and the Lakers rarely have an off night. Their field goal percentage is 49.3%, compared to 45.6% for the Pelicans. It might not look like much of a difference, but over the course of a 48-minute game, it adds up.
Not only are the Lakers the defending champions and leading the Pacific standings, but they have the clear statistical advantage over many of their rivals.
Desperation vs Belief
We aren’t saying New Orleans is in desperation mode after only nine games, but it will desperately want a statement win over the Lakers. However, the pressure could all be too much for the fledgling team.
Los Angeles has a belief that it can win any game, mostly because it wins the majority of games. The Lakers play well as a team, and if LeBron James has an off night, Anthony Davis is there to pick him up.
Everything will need to go right for New Orleans to win on Friday. We think the Pelicans will play well, but not well enough for the victory.