Lakers and Pelicans clash on Thursday

How to Bet LA Lakers Vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Preview

Written by on February 2, 2016

There are some dates on the NBA calendar that are a little quieter than others, and while chances are that both teams will be leveled during the match, most likely the Pelicans will have a solid point spread advantage by the time the NBA betting odds are up. Pelicans and Lakers faced each other on January 12 in a close 95-91 win for Los Angeles.  Lakers’s star Kobe Bryant left that game with a sore right Achilles and did not return.
 There are only 4 games being played that night, but this one is really interesting. The LA Lakers are arguably the worst team in the league, but it is going to be entertaining to see how they match-up against another struggling team, the New Orleans Pelicans.

Lakers vs Pelicans Odds and TV Info

Date/Time: Thursday, February 4, 9:30 PMLocation: Smoothie King CenterRadio: WRNO 99.5-FMTV: FOX Sports New OrleansGame Odds: TBA.Click here for live streaming

How to Bet Lakers Vs Pelicans

While these two teams linger down the bottom of the standings in the NBA, it is the New Orleans Pelicans who are showing a desire to actually win some games. They have been playing pretty well of late, and should be a favorite against the lackluster Lakers. The full odds for this game will be up at the NBA betting page on the day of the game.

Why Bet on the LA Lakers

Truth be told, this is a team that looks more interested in accommodating the Kobe Bryant farewell tour than actually winning games. The Lakers (9-41) are on a 10-game losing skid that makes betting on them seem like a very foolish act indeed. That said, one of their very few wins this season came against the Pelicans, when LA were able to pull out a 95-91 win on home court. That came at a time when New Orleans were not playing particularly good ball, though, and should not really be viewed as a preview of what might happen here. The Lakers might be able to keep things close, but that is really about the best that you can hope for here. LA are averaging 95.8 PPG, and are giving up 106.2 PPG.

Why Bet on the New Orleans Pelicans

Given how the season was going for the Pelicans (18-29), it would have been easy for them to roll over and play dead. They have not done that, though, and are on a good stretch that has seen them go 7-3 in their last 10 games. In all fairness, no-one really saw this run coming; and now the teams that are fighting for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference are beginning to get a little nervous, as the Pelicans are now just 4 games out of that final spot. If they are to make the improbable climb into the playoff picture, these are the types of games that they need to win. There is a good chance they can do that, as they have a 12-9 record against teams below .500 this season. New Orleans are averaging 102.6 PPG, and are giving up 105.1 PPG.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

When you have two less than stellar teams going head to head, the game usually comes down to who wants it more. Based on recent performances, that team would have to be the New Orleans Pelicans.Score Prediction: LA Lakers 98 New Orleans Pelicans 106