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NBA Play-In 2024 LA Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans - Lakers go through to meet Nuggets with win on the road

Last updated: 16 Apr 2024
Jeremy Darke 16 Apr 2024
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  • LA Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans expert tips for Wednesday, 17th April
  • Tip-off is at 09:30 am AEDT at Smoothie King Center, New Orleans
  • Lakers clinched victories in 11 of their last 14 games, entering competition in peak form.
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2024 NBA Play-In Game LA Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Betting Tips 

The NBA Play-Offs are here and the first cab off the rank will be the LA Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans as they duel to secure the 7th seed and first round match up with the Denver Nuggets.
  • 2024 NBA Play-In Game LA Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans Betting Tips 
  • Head to Head 
  • LA Lakers Recent Form
  • LA Lakers Injury News
  • New Orleans Pelicans Recent Form
  • New Orleans Pelicans Injury News

The end of the 2023/24 regular season was one of the closest in years with the final seedings not being decided until the final games on the final day of play. Now the Lakers and Pelicans will suit-up and try to win the first game of this Play-In tournament setting themselves up for a series against the Nuggets who ended up taking out the 2nd seed in the West.

The Pelicans have had a hard time keeping their three best players on the court together this season with injury striking at different times. Heading into the Post-Season though, they are one of the healthiest teams and it will take a lot of scheming and hard defence to whether the storm of Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson 

The Lakers have had the one-up over New Orleans so far this season and come into this game in probably their best form with vitories in 11 of their last 14 games. They are ranked 2nd in the league in FG% with a game average of 49.9% and are ranked 6th over their past 3 games in Scoring averaging at 118.1 per game.

My expert tip is that New Orleans will have problems finding their feet in this big game with the big three only having spent minimal minutes on the court together this season. The Lakers will rely heavily on LeBron and AD who will come up big securing the 7th seed for the visitors.

  • LA won 3 of the 4 matchups this season by at least 16 points in each game
  • New Orleans rank 14th in the league in 4th Quarter defence and 21st in 4th Quarter scoring
  • The Lakers have won 11 of their last 14 games including a win against the Pelicans in the final regular season game of the year
  • LA score the 2nd most amount of Points in the Paint in the NBA averaging 55.9 per game

Head to Head 

2023-24 Game Results:

LA won the series 3-1 with all wins being with large margins. The most recent game was the last of the season for both teams with the Lakers taking the chocolates. 

2022-23 Season H2H: 

LA also took last season's regular season series 3-1. They are 6-4 straight up over the last 10 and have covered in each win. Only 4 of the last 10 games have gone Under the total. 

LA Lakers Recent Form

The Lakers come into this game with a lot of momentum off the back of wins in 11 of their last 14 games. Anthony Davis did not play in the last game against the Pelicans but the Lakers were still able to pile the points on against the Pelicans. 

LeBron James is averaging career numbers from the perimeter shooting at 41% from three this season on 2.1 shots per game.

LA Lakers Injury News

Jarred Vanderbilt and Christian Wood are listed as out with Anthony Davis listed as questionable

New Orleans Pelicans Recent Form

The Pelicans have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games of the regular season, not the best record for a team that needs as much confidence as possible to get past early post-season opponents. Injuries have hampered the team at times this year and their depth has been tested. Fortunately it has been mostly positive and the Pelicans stand a good chance to make a run. 

Zion Williamson played a career number of games this season suiting up for 70 matches, he leads the team in scoring with 22.9 points per game while also adding 5 assists per game.

New Orleans Pelicans Injury News

No injury concerns for the Pelicans


The Lakers and LeBron James are built for these situations. Getting the Lakers as Underdogs feels like a steal and it will be close. I am banking on the experience to shine through and for the 4th quarter especially to be low scoring keeping the total Under.
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Betting Slip | 16 Apr 2024

LA Lakers @ NO Pelicans