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Lakers vs. Pelicans odds, line: 2021 NBA picks, May 16 predictions from proven computer model

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The Los Angeles Lakers will take on the New Orleans Pelicans at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday at the Smoothie King Center. New Orleans is 31-40 overall and 18-17 at home, while the Lakers are 41-30 overall and 20-15 on the road. Los Angeles has won seven of the last eight meetings between these two teams. 

Los Angeles is favored by 7.5-points in the latest Pelicans vs. Lakers odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 223. Before entering any Lakers vs. Pelicans picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned over $9,100 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past two-plus seasons. The model is up over $1,100 on its top-rated picks this season and entered Week 21 of the 2020-21 NBA schedule on a stunning 99-64 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread dating back to last season. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Pelicans vs. Lakers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Pelicans vs. Lakers:

  • Pelicans vs. Lakers spread: Pelicans +7.5
  • Pelicans vs. Lakers over-under: 223 points
  • Pelicans vs. Lakers money line: Lakers -355, Pelicans +295

What you need to know about the Pelicans

It was close but no cigar for the Pelicans as they fell 125-122 to the Golden State Warriors on Friday. New Orleans’ defeat came about despite a quality game from shooting guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who had 30 points in addition to five boards.

The Pelicans are just 1-4 in their last five games, but they’ve been profitable against the spread in their most recent outings. In fact, New Orleans is 8-3 against the spread in its last 11 games overall. The Pelicans are also 8-4 against the spread in their last 12 games played in May. 

What you need to know about the Lakers

Meanwhile, the Lakers bagged a 122-115 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. Los Angeles’ power forward Anthony Davis did his thing and dropped a double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds along with five dimes. For the season, Davis is averaging 22.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. 

The Lakers feature the NBA’s second-ranked scoring defense, giving up just 106.9 points per game. Los Angeles has won five of its last seven games, but the Lakers are just 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven games on the road. 

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How to make Lakers vs. Pelicans picks

The model has simulated Pelicans vs. Lakers 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning under, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in almost 70 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Lakers vs. Pelicans? And which side of the spread hits in almost 70 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Pelicans vs. Lakers spread to jump on Sunday, all from the model that is on an incredible 99-64 roll.

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