Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans 4/14/24 Free Pick, NBA Odds, NBA Predictions

Los Angeles Lakers (46-35) at New Orleans Pelicans (49-32)

Game Info: Sunday, April 14th, 2024 at  3:30 p.m. EST (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: Pelicans -3.5 (-115) - Over/Under (229.5)

Pick: Pelicans -3.5 (-115)

This is one of the few games remaining in the regular season that could have a direct impact on the playoff standings. As the Los Angeles Lakers will face off with the New Orleans Pelicans on the road here on Sunday afternoon. Depending on the result of this game, it could directly impact the Los Angeles Lakers will face in the play-in round of the 2023-24 NBA playoffs. It has been a long and grueling season and their postseason opponent could come down to the result of a single game. As both of these teams will be looking to pick up a crucial victory here on Sunday afternoon to wrap up the regular season on a high note. 

It has been a pretty underwhelming season for the Los Angeles Lakers considering the amount of talent they have on their roster. Many people considered Los Angeles to be a much better team this season and had them projected to finish towards the top of the Western Conference standings. However, because of their lackluster results this season, they will be participating in the play-in round of the NBA playoffs and they will need to pick up a victory in their opening later this week if they want to advance to the first round. 

This game against New Orleans on Sunday afternoon could have a massive impact on who their opponent will be later this week as a victory could potentially put New Orleans into the play-in round with them. Grabbing a victory in this game on Sunday and then facing the same team immediately later this week would be a huge momentum boost for the Lakers. Los Angeles will be ready to go for this game on Sunday afternoon as they know this contest could greatly affect the outcome of the rest of their season. The Los Angeles Lakers come into this game with 46 victories through their first 81 games of the season, and they will look to finish things on a high note with a much-needed win on Sunday in New Orleans. 

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It has been a pretty solid season for the New Orleans Pelicans, and they will look to finish it off with a victory at home here on Sunday afternoon. This would be a pretty big victory for New Orleans, as it would ensure them a spot in the opening round of the postseason. Regardless of what spot they end up with whether it be fifth place or sixth place in the West, they are looking at a rather difficult first round matchup on the road. Which makes it all that much more important to avoid the playing round and get as much rest as possible before heading into the playoffs. 

With their big three healthy and playing well throughout the season, this New Orleans team could be dangerous in the playoffs. As they could be a potential surprise team to make a deep run in the postseason and make a run to the NBA Finals as well. New Orleans comes into this game, looking to grab their 50th victory of the season as they get ready to head into a very competitive playoff bracket on the Western side of the postseason. They have their hands full in the playoffs, and it will be important to go into the series with as much more as possible, which makes this game on Sunday afternoon at home, feel like a must win game for the Pelicans.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- The Pelicans are 21-18 at home 

- The Lakers are 18-21 on the road 

- New Orleans is 1-0 against the Lakers at home

I look for this to be a close and competitive matchup on Sunday afternoon between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers. In the end, I look for the New Orleans Pelicans to pick up the victory in the final game of the regular season at home. Not only do I look for New Orleans to pick up the victory in this game on Sunday afternoon, but I also expect them to cover the spread against the Los Angeles Lakers in the process.

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