Preview: Lakers welcome old friends in visit from Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers (10-3) are moving and grooving on a four-game winning streak. Friday night, they welcome the New Orleans Pelicans (4-6) to Staples Center to continue their stellar performance. In their streak, they’ve averaged 120.5 points per game. On the defending end, they’ve held opponents to 104 points over their run.

After a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Pelicans are doing their best not to leave California short-handed. They went into the game without Lonzo Ball, Eric Bledsoe, and Zion Williamson. It appears that Williamson has been cleared to play against the defending champs, per ESPN’s Andrew Lopez.

The Lakers and Pelicans will forever be linked through their franchise-shifting trade. Anthony Davis moved onto Los Angeles. And for that transaction, the Lakers are indeed thankful. Davis brought a championship home in year one. He’s continuing the defense since that time where he’s posted 22.1 points and a little over eight rebounds per game. As they ramp up, Davis has so much more to give the Lakers. For now, what he’s contributed to this winning is still heavy.

Brandon Ingram will always be in Lakers’ fans’ hearts. When there were questions about what he’d become, they always believed. Last year’s Most Improved Player is shouldering the Pelicans load amidst injuries. Ingram is up to 23.8 points per game, tying a career-high.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 PM PST/10 PM EST.


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