The Pelicans beat the Lakers by seven points in mid-November, led by
All five Lakers' starters scored in double figures, led by
The Lakers will play without
Dealing with Davis will be the trick for the Lakers on Sunday. The 21-year old forward-center might already be a top-five player in the
Davis is averaging 25.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.1 blocks and 2.3 steals a game while shooting 56.8% from the field and 76.2% from the line.
The Pelicans don't have enough depth around him to be a force in the Western Conference, but Davis makes his team competitive almost every night they play.
The Lakers need their own big men --
Davis is a problem the Lakers have to work around. The key then becomes making sure his teammates are less efficient.
Off the bench,
With Gordon injured, the Pelicans need even more from guards
The Lakers have struggled defensively this season. Jeremy Lin, Kobe Bryant,
Offensively, the Lakers will need to make some shots from the outside to get some spacing, given the Pelican's inside defensive pair of
New Orleans is vulnerable, but then the Lakers are only 2-8 at home.
Put the Lakers down for this one, although their track record against the Western Conference (1-13) this season suggests otherwise.