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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers Predictions and Preview for 4/1/2022

New Orleans Pelicans takes on Los Angeles Lakers on 4/1/2022 at 09:30 PM.

The New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers face off in an important game for both teams. New Orleans Pelicans has a record of 33-43 this regular season. Los Angeles Lakers is 31-45 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

New Orleans Pelicans Team Defense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 112.4, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. Their defensive efforts at keeping offenses from getting to the rim should not go unnoticed. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

New Orleans Pelicans Team Offense Preview




Their offensive efficiency is 111.6, which makes them a below average offense in the NBA and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .556 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .517, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .367 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .332 of their shots from three point range. This team is dreadful from beyond the arc, they have shooters, but they need makers. They made .788 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They rebounded 26.5% of their missed shots. This is an above average offensive rebounding team.

Los Angeles Lakers Team Defense Preview

You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 113.1, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. The defensive lapses yielding dunks, layups, and tip-ins are prevalent.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Los Angeles Lakers Team Offense Preview


Their offensive efficiency is 110.0, which makes them a below average offense in the NBA and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .565 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .537, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .391 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .349 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .728 of their shots from the charity stripe. This is a team that will keep opponents in the game when up with a late narrow lead.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 21.3% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

The New Orleans Pelicans Roster

The Players to Watch for New Orleans Pelicans

Herbert Jones 6-8 210 PF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Jonas Valančiūnas 6-11 265 C

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He makes an effort to get offensive rebounds, but he is not a leader in this metric.

Devonte’ Graham 6-1 195 PG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He likes to drift out there on offense, he is not very active near the rim. Three point shooting is an important part of his game. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The Los Angeles Lakers Roster

The Players to Watch for Los Angeles Lakers

Russell Westbrook 6-3 200 PG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is one of the strongest distributors in the NBA. He will be looking to cut down on his turnovers, better decision-making and more alertness on the offensive end should help. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

LeBron James 6-9 250 SF

He is an MVP candidate this season and a player you must know.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Malik Monk 6-3 200 SG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans 112 Los Angeles Lakers 111

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Moneyline Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -130 Bovada
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