The New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers both travel to Las Vegas to face each other in the NBA preseason semifinals on Thursday night at 9:00 PM ET on TNT and TruTV. Can the Pelicans cover the 1.5-point spread as neutral site underdogs? Check out the Pelicans vs. Lakers betting prediction for today's winner.
The New Orleans Pelicans are 12-10 in the regular season this year. They are 13-8-1 ATS this season.
The Los Angeles Lakers are 13-9 in the regular season this year. They are 10-12 ATS this season.
Pelicans vs Lakers Match and Betting Odds
503 New Orleans Pelicans (+1.5) vs. 504 Los Angeles Lakers (-1.5); o/u 229.5
9:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 7, 2023
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Television: TNT and TruTV
Pelicans vs Lakers general betting information
Our NBA Public Betting Information page shows that 77% of public bettors are currently backing the Lakers. However, this information may change throughout the day, so be sure to check the link for the most up-to-date public betting data.
New Orleans Pelicans daily fantasy rotation
Pelicans forward Matt Ryan will not play against the Lakers on Thursday in Las Vegas. He has a right calf stretch. Ryan is having a solid season this year as he is averaging 9.3 points and 2.5 three-pointers per game in 22.9 minutes per contest. He has mostly come off the bench for the Pelicans this season.
Pelican forward Larry Nance Jr He cannot face his former team on Thursday. Nance is dealing with a broken right rib and will likely be out for at least another month. Nance is averaging 3.5 points per game in 15.1 minutes per contest for New Orleans in 2023.
Los Angeles Lakers daily fantasy rotation
Lakers point guard Gabe Vincent He will not play in Thursday's game against the Pelicans as he works his way back from a left knee effusion. Vincent is averaging 6.0 points per game in four games in Los Angeles this year.
Los Angeles power forwards Jared Vanderbilt (heel) and Anthony Davis (groin/thigh) are both likely to play Thursday. Davis is averaging 23 points and 12.6 rebounds per game on the campaign.
Lakers small forward LeBron James is officially listed as questionable with a left calf contusion, but the designation is largely precautionary. James has missed just one game this season and should be all systems go to report on Thursday.
Pelicans vs Lakers NBA betting trends
New Orleans is 2-6 ATS in neutral site games since the start of the 2017 season.
Los Angeles is 28-26 ATS since the start of last season as one of the favorites.
New Orleans is 54-61-2 ATS as an underdog since the start of the 2021 season.
Los Angeles is 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games.
The under is 13-9 in Los Angeles games this season.
The team is 12-10 in New Orleans games this season.
Pelicans vs Lakers NBA prediction:
I really like the Lakers at this point. LA has a unique offense. The Lakers don't shoot well from three (33.5 percent, 29th in the league), but they make up for it in other ways. The Lakers are seventh in the league in two-point shooting percentage at 55.8 percent and seventh in the NBA in team free throw shooting at 18.93 per 100 possessions. The tournament atmosphere in Las Vegas seems like an ideal environment for the Lakers' big three (LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Austin Reaves) to really shine, and I think they will. I'm scoring with the Lakers on Thursday in Sin City.