New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 2nd 2022

Stadium: Staples Center Los Angeles
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Fresh off their long-awaited first victory of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers will see if they can make success a theme Wednesday when they host the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Lakers started the season on a five-game losing streak before scoring a 121-110 victory at home Sunday over the Denver Nuggets. They were the last team in the NBA to finally win a game this season.

It was also the first victory for new Lakers head coach Darvin Ham, who has somewhat extended himself on a limb with his decision to use Russell Westbrook off the bench. The plan took flight against the Nuggets, with Westbrook scoring 18 points and sealing the victory with a driving basket with 1:36 remaining.




Westbrook's consistency issues last season, his first with the Lakers, and his caustic tone throughout, have not been a good look. So Ham made the change in roles, asking the veteran scorer to embrace the team concept while swallowing his pride.

"I told him, 'Man, just listen to me. Believe in me, bro. I'm gonna put you in a position to succeed with the group. But you have to put the group first. It can't be about me or I or mine. It's gotta be us, ours, we,'" Ham said. "And he's done that."

LeBron James scored a team-high 26 points in the victory while Anthony Davis had 23 points and 15 rebounds despite struggling through an ongoing lower-back strain.

"It's all manageable," Davis said. "Just gotta do what I can to make sure I'm on the floor to help the team win."

The Pelicans know all about working through injuries. Zion Williamson not only missed all of last season, but he also missed consecutive games after a hard fall last week before returning Sunday to help New Orleans to a 112-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Williamson had his first double-double of the season -- 21 points, 12 rebounds -- and dished out seven assists.

The contribution came as Williamson worked through residual hip and back pain.

"Still a little sore, man," Williamson said. "I've taken a lot of falls, but I ain't never had a fall like that one. But it was fine enough for me to play. Unless I'm truly injured, I'm going to be playing the game of basketball. That's just how I am."

As Williamson returned, starters Herb Jones (knee) and Brandon Ingram (concussion protocol) missed their third consecutive game. Ingram is expected to be out again against the Lakers, his former team.

Naji Marshall has helped New Orleans pick up some of the slack, averaging 17.7 points with 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists over the past three games as the Pelicans are 2-1 in the stretch, having also defeated the Dallas Mavericks.

Marshall also has contributed solid defense from his small forward spot.

"I think his confidence is growing more and more as he gets more minutes," Pelicans head coach Willie Green said. "Especially with guys being out. He's taking shots. He's guarding the best players. It makes our depth that much better going forward."

--Field Level Media

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New Orleans vs. Los Angeles Recap JAN 15TH 2021

LeBron James had 33 points and 10 assists as the host Los Angeles Lakers held off the New Orleans Pelicans 125-119 on Wednesday night.

It was the first time James and Anthony Davis faced each other since Davis demanded a trade from New Orleans late last month with the Lakers reportedly being his top choice for a new team.

Davis, who sat out the Pelicans' 128-115 victory against Los Angeles last Saturday in New Orleans, had 22 points in 21 minutes Wednesday.

Brandon Ingram scored 23 points, Kyle Kuzma added 22, Reggie Bullock had 14, former Pelican Rajon Rondo had 11 points and 16 rebounds and JaVale McGee scored 10 as Los Angeles won for the second time in six games.

Former Laker Julius Randle led the Pelicans with 35 points, Jrue Holiday added 19 points and 10 assists, Frank Jackson had 15 points and Darius Miller 11.

The Lakers led by six points at halftime, but the Pelicans started the third quarter with a 17-6 run to take a 74-69 lead.

James made two 3-pointers and Lance Stephenson made one as the Lakers built a 90-82 lead.

New Orleans regained the lead at 92-91 before Los Angeles scored the final four points of the third quarter.

McGee scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to start a 9-0 run that gave the Lakers a 104-92 lead.

Miller ended the run with a 3-pointer, which also ended a streak of 12 consecutive 3-pointers missed by the Pelicans.

New Orleans pulled within three points on three occasions and Los Angeles answered each time before Miller's 3-pointer pulled the Pelicans within a point with 1:38 left.

Ingram answered with a jumper and James made a 3-pointer to give the Lakers a 123-117 lead with 31 seconds left.

Randle had the highest-scoring first quarter of his career with 15 points, but the Lakers scored the final eight points to take a 35-28 lead at the end of the period.

Los Angeles had a strong finish in the second quarter also. After New Orleans took a one-point lead, the Lakers finished on an 11-4 run to take a 63-57 halftime lead.

--Field Level Media


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