Lakers vs. Pelicans 2018 odds: New Orleans a double-digit Thursday betting favorite

Lakers vs. Pelicans 2018 odds: New Orleans a double-digit Thursday betting favorite

You could make the argument that the enigmatic Bulls, last season, would have beaten the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs had the pass-first point guard not have gotten injured.

New Orleans will return to the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday to host the Indiana Pacers, a rescheduled game from February 7 because of a roof leak.

Los Angeles has dropped three in a row as they were knocked off on the road by the Pacers Monday night. This has helped New Orleans offset a 21-15 SU home record that ranks ninth best in the conference.

Davis located the ball as he sprang upward, corralled it with one hand high above his head and slammed it through as fans rose to their feet and howled, clearly enthralled by the latest spectacle to which they'd been treated by their six-foot-10, five-time All-Star.

After getting a stop on the defensive end, New Orleans got the ball back and IN fouled Holiday to send him to the free throw line with 16.1 seconds left.

Holiday returned from a one-game absence caused by flu symptoms.

Randle was denied a fifth consecutive double-double by one rebound Monday night in IN, where he finished with 21 points and nine rebounds.

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Turner had to play the last 4:29 with five fouls, but didn't seem to think that significantly hurt his defensive play while Davis was closing out the game.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Thursday in National Basketball Association action at the Smoothie King Center. He has filled the stat line in both games versus the Lakers this season, totaling 69 points, 32 rebounds, six assists, six steals and five blocks.

Los Angeles averages 16.6 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 14th in the National Basketball Association. However, the New Orleans Pelicans are a club that's still playing for something at this point and have been very tough to beat with Anthony Davis carrying the way. The New Orleans Pelicans have won seven of their last 10 home games. Yogi Ferrell added 18 points for Dallas, which kept the game competitive most of the way despite being out of playoff contention and without guard Dennis Smith Jr.

New Orleans is 10-2 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Los Angeles is 11-4. Anthony Davis finished with 37 points and eight rebounds on 71.4% shooting. Ball leads in assists with 7.1 and in steals in 1.8 per game. The Pelicans are 18 with 10.3 made threes per game and stand tied for 13 in the league by converting 36.4 percent from long range this season. New Orleans ranks second in possessions per game (103.2) and Los Angeles is first (103.6). You just miss shots tonight, man.

New Orleans has to be fuming about the rainout last month as it put them in this unfortunate situation of three games in as many nights.

New Orleans ranks third in blocks per game (5.9) while Los Angeles ranks 26th in blocks allowed per game (5.6). New Orleans has seen the under go 9-3 in their last 12 on Thursday.