A quick turnaround on Wednesday will bring the Lakers to New Orleans to face the
The Lakers are hungry for a win, but a back-to-back against power forward
Through six games, Davis is averaging a tremendous line with averages of 24.8 points, 13.0 rebounds, 4.2 blocks and 2.5 steals.
If he had a better team around him, Davis would be in talks for the league's most valuable player.
The Lakers will need to use a tag team of power players against him, including
Boozer has played well for the team of late, especially offensively. Getting Davis in foul trouble would be a significant help for the Lakers.
The Lakers will need to contain guards
The brunt of that will fall on
The bigger threat may be
On Monday, in a 118-111 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Anderson scored 32 points while shooting a stunning 8-12 from three-point range (8-12).
The Pelicans can be defended, but when Anderson is hot, they can be a handful.
Offensively, the Lakers need Lin to stay aggressive. Bryant is going to get his points -- but the team has better floor balance when Lin is also attacking the paint and setting up his teammates.
The Lakers will beat the Pelicans at some point this season -- but on the second night of a back-to-back on the road with Davis as the opposing star?
They may be in for a long night.