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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The New Orleans Pelicans (11-25) will be hosted by the Los Angeles Lakers (8-31) at Staples Center on Tuesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
Anthony Davis is arguably the most talented player in the NBA, but the injuries have to be frustrating. He left the teams last game in the first quarter after diving into the stands and fans are starting to wonder if he can stay healthy for a full month. While he’s never suffered any major injuries, a multitude of minor injuries has kept him out of way too many games. Whether he’s injury prone or has a low tolerance for pain, the Pelicans simply can’t win games without him in the lineup. He’s questionable to play here and it would be scary to imagine the type of numbers Davis could put up against this Lakers defense. One bright spot with this team is the performance of Jrue Holiday in New Orleans most recent game, as he scored a season-high 29 points while grabbing 11 boards in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Tyreke Evans has also been playing some great ball recently and it’s a wonder with all this talent why the Pelicans have been so bad this season. The 28th ranked defense is a good place to start looking, as they severely need to clean that up if they want back in the playoff hunt.
The Lakers have lost four-straight games coming into this, but playing much better recently. They won three-straight before that stretch, as the defense has significantly improved. If you take out three games against the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder, the Lakers are allowing just 92 points a game over their last six games. Those are three of the fastest and deadliest offenses in the NBA, so it’s hard to stick that against them on their resume. The star of this team recently is Lou Williams, who is averaging 22 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game over his last eight games. He’s even getting regular “LOOOU” chants in the Staples Center and that’s got to give a player like him some serious confidence in such a historic venue. Look for this to be a high-scoring game between two bad defense, as there’s a projected total just shy 220 with the Pelicans being small favorites.