Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans: Predictions & Picks 3/14/2023

Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans: Predictions & Picks 3/14/2023

March 14, 2023



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Tuesday Western Conference clash will feature an encounter between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers’ three-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday as they were defeated 112-108 by the New York Knicks. In the meantime, the Pelicans have won two of their last three games, including a 127-110 victory over Portland on March 12. LeBron James and Zion Williamson are still unavailable.


The Lakers are currently in a strong position to make a run into the Western Conference play-in game, so Los Angeles is heating up just in time. LeBron James is set to make his return in the upcoming weeks as LA is now only 2.5 games behind the No. 6 seed in the West. Since the All-Star break, Los Angeles has given up the eighth-fewest points, partly due to the purchases they made at the trade deadline.


Jared Vanderbilt and D’Angelo Russell have been the key drivers of those deadline transactions. Vanderbilt has been a significant improvement for the Lakers’ defense even if he has only averaged 7.9 PPG and 7.6 RPG since being acquired by them. While his 1.6 thefts per game have undoubtedly been helpful, it is his contributions that go unrecognized that have made this club so successful.


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The season has been very up-and-down for New Orleans. The Pelicans are suddenly battling for their playoff lives after initially appearing to be the best team in the West. Given that they are playing at home, New Orleans has a good chance of covering the spread tonight. They have one of the best home records in the West (22-12), while the Lakers are only 15-19 away from home.


Trey Murphy, a guard, is the Pelicans’ X-factor tonight. Murphy has been a pleasant surprise throughout the entire campaign and has seized control of New Orleans’ position as the No. 3 option. With 2.8 threes per game on 39% shooting since the All-Star break, the Pelicans will need him to be dialed in from deep today.


Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Game Information


  • Date: 03/14/2023
  • Time: 08:10 PM ET
  • Location: Smoothie King Center.
  • How to Watch Lakers vs Pelicans: NBC Sports Boston
  • Live Stream: NBA Game Pass


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