Free NBA Picks Today: New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers 3/14/23

Free NBA Picks Today: New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers 3/14/23
Tue 14th March 2023

The Los Angeles Lakers (33-35, 15-19 Away) are on the road to face the New Orleans Pelicans (33-35, 22-12 Home) Tuesday at Smoothie King Center. Los Angeles dropped their last game against the New York Knicks 112-108 at Arena on Sunday. With 33 points and eight assists, D’Angelo Russell was a top performer in defeat. The Lakers are the ninth seed in the Western Conference.

New Orleans got the win on Sunday at Smoothie King Center, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 127-110. Trey Murphy III had 41 points and seven rebounds to lead the team. The Pelicans are 11th in the Western Conference.

It’s the last meeting of the season between the teams. New Orleans will be looking to level the season series after triumphing in only one of the three prior games. Los Angeles won the most recent showdown 120-102 at Arena on February 15. Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Brandon Ingram had 25 points in the loss.

The Lakers have been led this season by Russell Westbrook, who is averaging 15.9 points per game. Westbrook also is contributing 7.5 assists, eighth-most in the league, and 6.2 rebounds per game. CJ McCollum (21.2 ppg) has powered the Pels on offense. McCollum also has distributed 5.9 assists per game.

Jonas Valanciunas has pulled down 9.6 rebounds per game. The Lakers are 4-6 in their last 10 visits to Smoothie King Center. In the last 10 games, Los Angeles is 7-3 with an average margin of +4.3 (114.4-110.1).

For the season, the Lakers are averaging 116.6 points per game, compared to 117.2 for opponents. New Orleans has a 3-7 record over the last 10, allowing 113.1 points per game on average while scoring only 107.5 (-5.6 margin). The Pelicans are averaging 114.0 ppg for the full season while allowing 113.3.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
D’Angelo Russell: 44.0 | 27.4 | +16.6
Points per game:
D’Angelo Russell: 30.5 | 18.0 | +12.5
Lonnie Walker IV: 7.7 | 12.7 | -5.0
Assists per game:
D’Angelo Russell: 8.5 | 6.2 | +2.3


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Trey Murphy III: 27.8 | 18.4 | +9.4
Larry Nance Jr.: 4.0 | 15.3 | -11.3
Points per game:
Trey Murphy III: 20.8 | 13.3 | +7.5
Rebounds per game:
Larry Nance Jr.: 2.0 | 5.8 | -3.8

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

NO Pelicans (-110)

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