The Los Angeles Lakers will continue to play without their two stars when they head on the road as underdogs to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, March 23rd. LeBron James joined Anthony Davis on the injury report, and both are out indefinitely.
The Lakers played their first of many upcoming full games without both their top players on Sunday in a 111-94 road loss to the Phoenix Suns to drop their record to 28-15 for the third best record in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Pelicans have the 12th best record in the West at 18-24 and lost two of their last three games.
Pick ATS: Pelicans -6
This is a pretty high number for a New Orleans team that hasn’t been all that good this season, but it’s tough to take the Lakers with any sort of confidence right now without their two best players. Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball is questionable with a hip flexor, so his status is worth monitoring, but still New Orleans is going to be the play as home favorites coming off a three-game home road trip.
Player Prop: Kyle Kuzma O2.5 3-pointers (-113)
The Lakers will likely shoot more 3-pointers than normal to keep themselves in games, and this fits right into Kyle Kuzma’s game. He averages 5.1 three-point attempts per game, which is the most of any Laker that will be in this game, and Kuzma has been shooting more often. He shot an average of 7.7 3-pointers in the last three games, and New Orleans will enter as the No. 28 ranked defense in opponent three-point shooting percentage and opponent three-point shooting attempts per game, so Kuzma has a good chance at knocking down at leas three shots from deep.
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