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.
Zion Williamson has been cleared to resume team activities, source says.
He's good to play tomorrow night vs. the Lakers.
— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) January 14, 2021
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.