Lakers vs Pelicans Preview and Free Pick [11/29/2016]

LA Lakers (9-9) at New Orleans (6-12)
When: Tuesday, November 29th 2016
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: Sportsnet, FSN New Orleans

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The New Orleans Pelicans return home after a two-game road trip to take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. New Orleans had reeled off four-straight victories, but went on the road and were beaten soundly by Dallas and Portland. The Pelicans remain a basically one-man show with Anthony Davis scoring 36 of New Orleans’ 81 points on Sunday against the Mavericks. Davis leads the NBA with a 31.6 scoring average and has accumulated 31 or more in five of the last six games. He’s also tops in blocked shots (2.8) and eigth in rebounding (10.9) as he continues to carry this team on a nightly-basis. On Sunday, Davis got some help from Jrue Holiday off the bench, who is averaging 16.3 points and 6.5 assists in six games since returning from helping his wife recover from surgery to remove a brain tumor. This Pelicans team is going nowhere until they can give Davis some help as he leads the team in just about every statistical category except assists (Tim Frazier, 7.7).


The Lakers will begin a tough streatch that will see them play four road games in the next five nights. “We are going from the south (New Orleans) to the north (Chicago) to the north (Toronto) back to the south (Memphis),” Lakers coach Luke Walton told reporters. “It makes zero sense.” The Lakers are hoping power forward Julius Randle makes his return tonight after missing the last three games with a hip injury. Los Angeles was humiliated in back-to-back games by Golden State last week before bouncing back to the .500 mark with a 109-94 victory over Atlanta on Sunday. The reserves combined for 65 points in Sunday’s win over the Hawks as guards Lou Williams (21 points) and Jordan Clarkson (18) and forward Larry Nance Jr. (12 points, 10 rebounds) all had solid efforts. The Lakers won three of the past four meetings, including a 126-99 victory on November 12th.

The Lakers are still missing point guard D’Angelo Russell (knee), but the young team is still playing well under Walton. The return of Randle will help. New Orleans has nothing but Davis and anytime they are favored in a game, you have to take the points.

Pick: Lakers +5