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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers prediction and pick for Saturday's game. WIth Zion Williamson out, the Pelicans need a big game from Brandon Ingram. Can he deliver when his team needs him? Josh Gayle takes a look.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Can Brandon Ingram Lead the Pelicans to a Win?

On Saturday, the Pelicans and the Lakers meet in what should be a close contest in a full slate for the NBA. Can the Pelicans take down the Lakers without Zion Williamson? If so, CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram are going to have to have big games.

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Pelicans vs. Lakers Start Time, Where to Watch, Odds

  • Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
  • Start Time: 6:00 p.m. EST
  • Where to Watch: ESPN 2

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1u - Pelicans ML (-120) (Bet $120 to collect $220) Get the best odds for this pick at PointsBet

I usually stay away from betting on game outcomes and stick to betting on the players, but I’m trusting my gut here. As a “law of averages” enthusiast, I love betting on a team that everybody has written off. New Orleans is on a 10-game losing streak but the team is too talented to allow that to last much longer.

Although Zion is still sidelined, this team still has the likes of CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram and finds themselves in a great position today. They face off against a Lakers team who is playing their fourth game in sixth days. Russell Westbrook has already been ruled out. Whether that's due to a soon-to-be trade or not, we don’t have to worry about him off the bench.

New Orleans is 17-9 at home and Los Angeles is 12-16 on the road. Although Lebron is chasing history and many people are playing the "Anthony Davis in his old home" narrative, I like New Orleans to get themselves right today. The public is heavy on the Lakers and I prefer being in the minority here anyway. Let's hope Ingram shows LA what they’re missing and pops off. Let's roll!

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Josh has a knack for picking winning bets, and he specializes in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. As a lifelong Detroit sports fan, he has plenty of time on his hands during playoff season. You can follow him on Twitter at @ThatGuyBets.


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