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Preview: Lakers host struggling Pelicans on Tuesday

Preview: Lakers host struggling Pelicans on Tuesday

The Lakers (8-31) will host the New Orleans Pelicans (11-25) on Tuesday night.

New Orleans has lost three straight games, falling back to 14th place in the Western Conference, ahead of just the Lakers. Last season, the Pelicans were a playoff team but injuries and poor play have yielded a different result this time around.

The Lakers have recently improved as a team but are still stuck at eight wins after losing four in a row.

Tuesday's matchup means, then, that one of the struggling franchises will end its losing streak.

New Orleans has announced that Quincy Pondexter will have surgery on his knee. Anthony Davis (back) is a game-time decision.

The Lakers...