The Pelicans are currently in ninth place in the Western Conference, with hopes they'll be able to catch the
They'll also play without Nick Young (knee), along with
Now in his third season, Davis is averaging 24.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 1.5 steals a game, while shooting 54.1% from the field and 81.2% from the free-throw line.
Does he have any weaknesses? His two assists a night isn't spectacular, but that's nit-picking. Davis is a serious force.
The Lakers will likely counter with
Coach Byron Scott has sat Davis in recent games, giving Kelly his first serious run at power forward (after playing most of the year out of position at the three).
With Holiday hurt for much of the season, guard/forward
Though he shoots 44.1% from the field, Evans isn't much of an outside threat at 30.1% from behind the arc.
The Lakers also have to keep track of former Clippers guard
Jordan Clarkson has flourished over the last five games, averaging 21.6 points and six assists.
Jabari Brown's second 10-day contract expired after Monday's win over the 76ers. The Lakers may re-sign him before the Lakers play the Pelicans.
Though the Lakers have been a competitive basketball team for much of the last month (albeit with not many wins to show for their efforts), the Pelicans are a desperate team fighting for that playoff spot. They should be able to get past the Lakers on Wednesday.