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The Battle of the West: Pelicans vs. Lakers (6:00pm)



On Thursday, LA faces the strenuous challenge of dealing with the youthful and versatile roster of New Orleans. Nonetheless, the Lakers bring a wealth of experience, especially among their key players who have excelled in numerous high-stakes games. James and Davis, arguably the two best players in this matchup, exhibit a determined focus on securing victory in the tournament.


There's a noticeable emphasis on this tournament for LeBron James, as highlighted by his recent standout performance of over 40 minutes against the Phoenix Suns. It's somewhat surprising that the Lakers aren't more heavily favored, given their impressive 9-2 record at home this season and a 3-1 victory margin over the Pelicans last year. Additionally, Anthony Davis has a track record of delivering exceptional performances against his former team, boasting an impressive stat line of 29.3 PPG, 14.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, and 2.0 BPG in four encounters with them last year.


Throughout the season, the Lakers have consistently dominated the Pelicans, and there's little indication that much will change this evening.  Pelicans are 11-26-1 ATS in their last 38 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. While the Lakers are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5. Take the Lakers on the money-line.


Pick: Los Angeles Lakers ML (-125)


🍀Best of luck!

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