Wednesday NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans

Out of the National Basketball Association on Wednesday – two teams from the Western Conference will play their final game before the All Star Break. The Los Angeles Lakers are on the road at the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers are 23-32 on the season, which is 11th in the Western Conference. The Lakers are 9-18 on the road this season, but have won 7 out of their last 10 games overall.

The New Orleans Pelicans currently hold the 8th seed in the Western Conference. The Pelicans are 30-26 on the season and have gone 14-12 at home. New Orleans is coming into the game fresh off back to back wins. The Pelicans come into this game as the favorite over the Lakers. New Orleans is listed -5.5 over the Lakers on Wednesday night.

Pelicans Looking to Get Back to Postseason

The Pelicans are getting used to life without DeMarcus Cousins. His injury has him sidelined for the season. The big man was rolling through a great season as well with 25.2 points per game and 12.9 rebounds per game. Anthony Davis the top scorer for the Pelicans with 27.1 points per game, while ripping down just shy of 11 rebounds per game.

Jrue Holiday has picked up some of the scoring slack for the Pelicans, and adding Nikola Mirotic has been a help as well. Mirotic has played in 5 games for the Pelicans. Offensively, New Orleans ranks 4th in the league with nearly 111 points per game. On the defensive side, the Pelicans are 29th out of 30 teams, as they are allowing 111.1 points per game.

Lakers Looking to Spoil Party

The Los Angeles Lakers are dealing with an injury of their own. Point guard Lonzo Ball has missed 13 straight games, and looks to return after the All Star break. The point guard is scoring just 10.2 points per game, but ripping down 7.1 rebounds and dishing out 7.1 assists per game as well. The Lakers adding point guard Isaiah Thomas at the trade deadline, and he scored 22 points in his Lakers opener.

The Lakers top scorer throughout hte season has been Brandon Ingram. The former Duke start is scoring 16 points per game. Defense has also been an issue for the Lakers, as they are 25th, allowing just shy of 110 points per game. The Lakers rank 9th in assists per game, and are the 2nd best rebounding team in the league with 46.4 per game.

Pelicans Win at Home

The Los Angeles Lakers are going to struggle to beat teams without their point guard, but the addition of Thomas has helped. When he comes back there could be some drama for Luke Walton and his Lakers. They are preparing for the future, but in this game they are going to be the underdog. When betting on this game Wednesday in the National Basketball Association – take the New Orleans Pelicans -5.5 over the Los Angeles Lakers.

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