NBA Games Live Today: New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers - February 9, 2024

NBA Games Live Today: New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers - February 9, 2024

Game Analysis

The New Orleans Pelicans, riding a four-game winning streak, are set to take on the Los Angeles Lakers, who are coming off a back-to-back game scenario. The Pelicans have demonstrated strong performance on both ends of the court, with notable victories over teams like the Los Angeles Clippers and the Toronto Raptors. Their defense, in particular, has been commendable, ranking eighth in adjusted defensive efficiency and holding opponents to a low 3-point shooting percentage.

The Lakers, on the other hand, have shown resilience with recent victories but face challenges with potential absences of key players like LeBron James and Anthony Davis due to injuries. Their performance has been mixed this season, highlighted by their in-season tournament championship victory but struggled to climb the regular season standings. The Lakers have been hot recently, winning three consecutive games, showcasing their potential when at full strength.

Predictions and Odds

The predictive analytics model from slightly favors the Lakers with a 52% chance of winning, predicting a close final score of 117-116 in favor of Los Angeles. The Lakers are also slightly favored to cover the -1 spread, while the total points are expected to lean towards going under 235.5.

Betting Insights:

  • Spread: Lakers -1
  • Moneyline: Lakers at -108, Pelicans at -105, suggesting a closely contested matchup.
  • Total (O/U): Set at 235.5, with expectations leaning towards the under.


This matchup promises to be a closely contested battle between two teams looking to solidify their standings in the Western Conference. The Pelicans aim to extend their winning streak with their strong defensive play, while the Lakers look to leverage their recent form and home-court advantage to secure a win. With key players' availability in question for the Lakers, monitoring the injury report will be crucial for this game's dynamics.

Author: Dan Anderson