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The Lakers and the Pelicans kick off the NBA Playoffs. Can Austin Reaves light up the scoreboard in the the NBA Play-In? Josh Gayle provides his Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans prop pick.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Prop Pick: Can Austin Reaves Light Up Scoreboard in NBA Play-In?

The NBA Playoffs are finally here and I couldn't be more excited! I'm eying the first West Play-In game tonight.

Lakers vs. Pelicans DATE, TIME, AND WHERE TO WATCH

  • Date: April 16, 2024
  • Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: TNT

Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Prop Pick

1u - Austin Reaves o14.5 Points (-115) Click here to see which sportsbook has the best odds

It took a lot out of me not to take a LeBron James prop but my gut it telling me this is a winner. Austin Reaves loves the bright lights, he has hit this in seven straight playoff games dating back to last year and should get plenty of good looks with both LeBron and Anthony Davis active.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Prediction

Reaves loves playing New Orleans. Reaves has 17+ in all four games against them this year and has 20+ in his last three games against them. We need 15 tonight which isn’t asking for anything too out of the ordinary, this is a number he routinely hits when the Lakers are at full strength and he’s seeing favorable looks.

This game should remain close and Reaves should see big minutes due to the stake of the game. If Los Angeles wins they are guaranteed in the main playoffs. They want this win sooner than later so they can have the most possible rest to gear up for some seven game series. The Pelicans don’t defend the catch and shoot well and LeBron has shown he will draw double teams and hit the open man, let's hope on a few instances that Reaves is that open man. 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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