Pelicans vs. Lakers NBA expert prediction and odds for Friday, Feb. 9 (Trust Pelicans on the road)

Feb 7, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA;   Los Angeles Clippers center Mason Plumlee (44) defends
Feb 7, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center Mason Plumlee (44) defends / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Pelicans continue to build up its Southwest Division lead and stay in Los Angeles to face the Lakers.

Los Angeles couldn't knock off the Nuggets at home on Thursday and have a quick turnaround to face a division leading Pelicans team at home on the second night of a back-to-back. What do the numbers say about the Lakers offense with no rest?

We break that down and more with our full betting preview below:

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Pelicans vs. Lakers Odds, Spread and Total

Lakers vs. Pelicans Betting Trends

  • Pelicans are 29-21-1 against the spread (ATS) this season
  • Lakers are 24-30 ATS this season
  • The Lakers have gone OVER in 29 of 54 games this season

Pelicans vs. Lakers Injury Reports

Pelicans Injury Report

  • Zion Williamson - questionable
  • Naji Marshall - questionable
  • Jonas Valanciunas - questionable

Lakers Injury Report

  • D'Angelo Russell - questionable
  • Max Christie - questionable
  • Jared Vanerbilt - OUT
  • Cam Reddish - OUT
  • Gabe Vincent - OUT

Pelicans vs. Lakers How to Watch

  • Date: Friday, February 9th
  • Game Time: 10:30 PM EST
  • Venue: Arena
  • How to Watch (TV): NBA TV
  • Pelicans Record: 30-21
  • Lakers Record: 27-26

Pelicans vs. Lakers Key Players to Watch


Brandon Ingram: Ingram has shown flashes, including a 41-point effort against the Raptors earlier this week. Further, he's upped his playmaking this season, pushing nearly six assists on the year while shooting almost 50% from the floor.


Anthony Davis: The former Pelicans superstar has been playing fantastic ball despite the record not showing it. Davis had a big outing in a tight loss to the Nuggets, scoring 32 points and grabbing nine rebounds while blocking four shots and racking up three steals. Can he keep a lid on this loaded Pelicans offense?

Pelicans vs. Lakers Prediction and Pick

It's tough to trust the Lakers on the second night of a back-to-back, especially in a tight game against the Nuggets in a Western Conference championship rematch.

Factor in that the Pelicans stayed in Los Angeles following the team's win against the Clippers earlier this week, this should be a decisive rest advantage for the visitors.

The Lakers see a significant drop-off with no rest. The team's offense drops nearly four full points on no-rest, 26th in the NBA, and the team will face a Pelicans team that is humming on offense, fifth in points per 100 possessions over the last month.

While New Orleans is only 8-6 in that span, the team has a net rating of +5.4, eighth in the league, and far ahead of the Lakers, who are right at the league average with -0.7.

I'll take the Pelicans to take care of business on the road and win outright.

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