The New Orleans Pelicans take on the team they executed a blockbuster trade with, the Los Angeles Lakers, for the second time this season on Friday.
The New Orleans Pelicans are currently riding the team’s longest winning streak that it has had all season. After a woeful losing streak that made it seem as if the Pelicans would never win again, the team has responded with a four-game winning streak with some notable wins as well.
New Orleans shocked a national audience on Christmas by not just beating the Denver Nuggets but blowing them out in the process. The Pelicans blew out the Pacers by 22 points at home and then defeated the Houston Rockets after losing twice to them already this season.
The Pelicans have another big game on Friday against Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers. The first time that the Pelicans and Lakers played was electric, with the Pelicans having a great first quarter where the team rained threes down on the Lakers and took a noticeable lead.
However, the Lakers did what they have done to many teams this season and came back and beat the Pelicans, giving the fans in New Orleans a great game in the process.
This time around the game is in Los Angeles, so Davis will not have to deal with the chorus of boos that he was receiving in his return to New Orleans. According to the Action Network, the home team Lakers are 10.5-point favorites in this matchup, which is quite the spread.
Against the spread prediction (Record: 15-16-2): New Orleans Pelicans +10.5
I went on a pretty big winning streak when the Pelicans were in their losing streak that gave me a record over .500 for the first time all season. However, in this winning streak, the Pelicans have even surprised me and the losses have returned.
I am going with the Pelicans in this game not because I am sure that they will upset the Lakers on the road but because I think that this will be a close game.
We saw it the last time they played and I think we will see it again this time. This Pelicans team is going to come out hungry and is going to be hitting shots to keep up with the Lakers whose one kryptonite on defense is teams shooting the three-point shot.
I would be more surprised if the Pelicans won than if they lose against the Lakers but either way, this game is going to finish with a single-digit margin.