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New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 2/9/2024 Preview and Pick

Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers

Date: Friday, February 9, 2024

Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA

TV: Spectrum Sportsnet

The Los Angeles Lakers (27-25) are welcoming the New Orleans Pelicans (30-21) at Crypto.com Arena on Friday.

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The Pelicans stepped onto the hardwood against the Clippers and took home the win by a score of 117-106 in their last game. With respect to fouls, the Pelicans walked away with 17 while the Clippers recorded 17 fouls. They knocked down 12 out of their 32 attempts from long range. Los Angeles finished shooting 84.6% at the free throw line by making 22 of their 26 shots. Moreover, Los Angeles snagged 37 rebounds (8 offensive, 29 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Los Angeles recorded 23 dimes and had 7 steals in this game. When discussing defending, New Orleans allowed the other team to shoot 46.2% from the floor on 36 of 78 shooting. They also recorded 30 dimes for the game as well as forcing 19 turnovers and getting 13 steals. Pertaining to getting rebounds, they collected 38 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Pelicans converted 11 of their 16 attempts for a rate of 68.8%. New Orleans wrapped up the contest having earned a 53.4% field goal percentage (47 of 88) and knocked down 12 out of their 32 shots from beyond the perimeter.

CJ McCollum is a guy who was important in this game. He racked up 25 points on 10 of 17 shooting. He played for 36 mins and also pulled down 7 boards. McCollum walked away from this one shooting 58.8% from the floor and totaled 4 assists.

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New Orleans comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 30-21 so far this year. They have an average of 116.9 pts per contest (13th in the league) while hitting 48.8% from the floor. The Pelicans are connecting on 37.9% on shots from 3-point land (621 of 1,640) and 76.5% from the charity stripe. As a unit, New Orleans is pulling down 44.5 boards per game and has totaled 1,377 dimes this season, which has them ranked 10th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 13.2 times per game and as a group are committing 19.2 fouls every game.

On the defensive end of the court, the Pelicans are able to force 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.2 fouls. They surrender 34.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 9th in the league in PPG allowed (112.5). The Pelicans defense is allowing a FG percentage of 46.4% (2,083 of 4,490) and they relinquish 42.5 boards per game as a squad. They are 17th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,368 surrendered on the campaign.

In their last game, the Lakers got the victory with a final of 124-118 when they played the Hornets. In the matter of how they rebounded, Los Angeles permitted Charlotte to get 34 in all (5 offensive). They finished 40.6% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 13 out of 32 and ended up going 11 out of 14 from the free throw line (78.6%). The Lakers allowed the Hornets to make 47 out of their 96 tries from the floor which left them shooting 49.0% for the contest. When all was said and done, the Lakers finished 50 for 89 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 56.2%. Regarding 3-point attempts, Los Angeles buried 8 of 34 attempts (23.5%). They were able to convert 16 of those for a percentage of 84.2%. The Hornets had 16 fouls for the game which took the Lakers to the charity stripe for a total of 19 attempts. They gave up possession 16 times, while earning 5 steals for the game. The Lakers pulled down 41 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 48 for the matchup.

D’Angelo Russell ended up being important for the Lakers in the matchup. He converted 10 out of 21 in this matchup giving him a rate of 47.6%, and tallied 4 rebounds. Russell scored 28 points in his 40 mins on the hardwood and totaled 6 dimes in the game.

Los Angeles has a record of 27-25 so far this year. As an offensive unit, the Lakers are shooting 49.2% from the field, which ranks them 7th in the league. Los Angeles has scored 6,044 points this year (116.2 per contest) and they pull in 43.0 boards per game. They are earning an assist 28.3 times per game (8th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.1 times per game. The Lakers commit 16.4 fouls per game while shooting 77.2% from the free throw line.

The Los Angeles defense allows 37.6% on shots from 3-point land (744 of 1,980) and their opponents are converting on 79.6% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 27.6 dimes and 44.3 rebounds every game, which is 20th and 19th in basketball. The Lakers on the defensive side of the court are 18th in the league in points per game surrendered with 117.1. They are forcing 13.6 TO’s per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.2% from the field (15th in the league).

Who will win tonight’s NBA game against the spread?

Guy Bruhn’s Pick: Take Los Angeles

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