All eyes will be on Los Angeles on Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Lakers host the New Orleans Pelicans. New Orleans has been playing some terrific basketball of late, and they are trying to make a late run at a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Los Angeles has been on fire since the opening game of the season, and they are in line to be the top overall seed in the West when the playoffs begin.
The New Orleans Pelicans have now won five of their last six games, and they look much better when Zion Williamson is on the floor. New Orleans is still just 25-32 on the season, but they have been making up for a bad first few months with their recent play. Los Angeles comes into this game with a record of 43-12, and they have won five straight games. The Lakers currently hold a 6.5 game lead over their rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers, for the top spot in the Pacific Division.
Pelicans Can Score, Can’t Defend
The New Orleans Pelicans are one of the highest scoring teams in the NBA this season, and that is especially true when Zion Williamson is on the floor. New Orleans is averaging 116.0 points per game, and they will give a tough Lakers defense a tough challenge. The problem has been on the defensive side of the ball for the Pelicans, and they are allowing 117 points per game. New Orleans simply can’t continue to give up this many points and expect to win any games.
Zion Williamson has now scored at least 20 points in eight straight games, and he is almost impossible to stop on the low block. Williamson will get plenty attention from the Lakers, but so will Brandon Ingram. The former Laker was an All Star this season, and is averaging more than 24 points per game in 2019-20. Fellow former Lakers star, Lonzo Ball leads the team with 6.5 assists and continues to improve. New Orleans has plenty of talent, and they will want to show it off in Los Angeles.
Lakers Doing it All Well
The Los Angeles Lakers have been trending in the right direction for a few weeks, but they are really starting to play well now. The Lakers are averaging 115 points per game this season, while allowing just 107 points per game. Both of those numbers have the Lakers in the top-10 in the NBA, and it just shows how dominant they have been of late. Health has been a concern at time for the Lakers, but they have all of their top players on the floor at this time. The Lakers do everything well, and they are tough to beat in Los Angeles.
Both LeBron James and Anthony Davis are averaging more than 25 points per game this season, and they have been carrying this team of late. Davis is also averaging over 9 rebounds per game, while James is leading the way with 10 assists per contest. The Lakers are making more than 11 three-point shots per game, while shooting better than 36 percent. Los Angeles has plenty of talent surrounding James and Davis.
LeBron, Lakers Outshine Zion and the Pelicans
Zion Williamson has been putting up huge numbers since making his NBA debut, and he will give the Lakers some trouble in this game. New Orleans can really score, but they don’t play much defense, and that will be a huge problem in this game. The Lakers are led by two of the best players in the NBA, and they will want to make a statement to the rising star in Williamson. This game might be closer than some expect, but the Lakers are going to cruise to victory. Bet the Los Angeles Lakers -8 over the New Orleans Pelicans in this NBA showdown on Tuesday night. When betting on the Lakers; do so at www.RealBokies.com our top pay per head bookie site.
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