The Los Angeles Lakers look to get back on track after having their seven-game winning streak snapped when they take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. The Lakers (45-13) are 31-7 against conference foes, while the Pelicans (26-33) are 16-22 against Western Conference opponents. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET from the Smoothie King Center.
Los Angeles leads the all-time series 38-22. The Lakers are 2.5-point favorites in the latest Lakers vs. Pelicans odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 234.5. Before making any Pelicans vs. Lakers picks, check out the NBA predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Lakers vs. Pelicans spread: Lakers -2.5
- Lakers vs. Pelicans over-under: 234.5 points
- Lakers vs. Pelicans money line: Lakers -136, Pelicans +114
- LAL: Seventh in the NBA in points per game at 114
- NO: Third in the league in 3-point percentage at 37.5
Why the Lakers can cover
The Lakers have not lost back-to-back games since late January and finished February going 9-2. Since the Pelicans' move to New Orleans from Charlotte, the Lakers have gone 17-11 at Smoothie King Center. Los Angeles is 4-1 in its past five road games and has already clinched its first winning season since 2012-13. The Lakers are the top shooting team in the league, connecting on 48.7 percent of their field goals.
Anthony Davis leads the Lakers in scoring at 26.6 points per game and is averaging 9.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists. In just under 25 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday, Davis connected for 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He has scored in double-figures in 16 consecutive games and has torched the Pelicans this season, scoring 46, 41 and 21 for an average of 36 per game.
Why the Pelicans can cover
Even so, the Lakers aren't a lock to cover the Lakers vs. Pelicans spread. That's because New Orleans has been a different team since rookie Zion Williamson joined them. Since entering the lineup Jan. 22 after beginning the season on the injured list, the Pelicans are 8-6 after an 18-27 start to move to within 2.5 games from the final playoff spot in the West.
Williamson has stepped in and is averaging 23.4 points and 6.8 rebounds, including a season-high 32 points in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 13. He has two double-doubles, a 21-point, 10-rebound performance against the Houston Rockets on Feb. 2, and a 21-point, 11-rebound game against Boston on Jan. 26. He poured in 29 points in a loss to the Lakers at Los Angeles last week. He has not scored fewer than 14 points in any game and no fewer than 20 since Jan. 31.
How to make Lakers vs. Pelicans picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total. In fact, it's calling for eight players to hit double-figures. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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