Pelicans vs. Lakers Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Charlie Grant | Updated Feb 25, 2020

Zion Williamson, Pelicans, 2020

New Orleans is out scoring its opponents by 13.6 points per 100 possessions over the last 13 games with Zion Williamson on the floor. Conversely, the Pelicans own a -2.2 net rating with Williamson on the bench.

New Orleans
30-42
AT
February 25, 2020, 10:00 PM ET
Staples Center
L.A. Lakers
52-19

A potential first round playoff matchup sees LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers host Zion Williamson and the streaking New Orleans Pelicans. The Pels are chasing the Memphis Grizzlies for the final postseason position in the Western Conference and a win over the Purple and Gold would be a huge boost to their confidence during the stretch run.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

It’s crazy to think the Pelicans even have an outside chance of playing in the postseason after they started the campaign with just six wins in their first 28 games. They’re 19-10 straight up and 21-7-1 against the spread since then.

The club is coming off a 115-101 win over the Golden State Warriors as a 10-point away underdog and is 5-1 SU and ATS over its last six contests. Things really started to take off for New Orleans when rookie sensation Zion Williamson made his debut at the end of January.

Williamson has played just 12 of 13 games since playing his first NBA minutes and the Pelicans are averaging a league-best 121.3 points per night over that stretch. The Over is 7-3 in squad’s last 10 games.

The Lakers are coming off a narrow win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday at the Staples Center. They failed to cover as 7.5-point home favourites, but they’re still 7-1 straight up in their last eight matchups. 

LA seems to be a lock to finish first in the West and it enjoys a five-game edge over second place Denver heading into Monday night’s action on the hardwood. Sports Interaction sees the Lakers as the favourites to win the West at +175 and second only to Milwaukee as the odds on fave to win the NBA championship at +300.

New Orleans Pelicans

Williamson is the talk of the town in the Big Easy. He’s a clear talent and would be the favourite to win Rookie of the Year honours if not for his delayed debut. Beyond his regular counting seats, the Pelicans just play much better with the prodigy on the floor.

New Orleans is out scoring its opponents by 13.6 points per 100 possessions over the last 13 games with Zion on the floor. Conversely, the Pelicans own a -2.2 net rating with Williamson on the bench.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers had to trade many of their promising, young players to acquire Anthony Davis last summer. Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart will no doubt be looking forward to another chance to remind their former club about their talents on Tuesday

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