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LAL vs NOP Dream11 Prediction NBA Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans

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LAL vs NOP Dream11: NBA moves into the Playoffs territory with each day and what a fun season we have had! In this phase, we see highly intense games and as we head closer to the Playoffs, the contests for the title will only spring up on a regular basis. There is a lot to play for many teams as a ton of rankings and Play-in spots are still wide upon, to be honest, it is still unclear how the rankings will shape up in ten days. Keeping that in mind, let us dive into the game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Both these teams are competing for the Play-in tournament but the Pelicans are in a much better position to nab a ninth spot at least. The Lakers are tied with the Spurs in terms of the record and both teams is in an intense battle for the last spot in the Play-in tournament at this moment.

Host: LA Lakers
Visitors: New Orleans Pelicans
Match Timing: 2 April, @ 08:00 AM
Venue: Crypto.com Arena

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

The Pelicans and Lakers are desperate

The Pelicans have done a great job of winning games since acquiring CJ and if we compared them to the Lakers, their second half of the season has been terrific. CJ addressed the lack of perimeter shooting as Devonte’s production has fallen rapidly. He has also been a reliable ball-handler and when he is paired with Ingram, Jones, Hayes, and Valanciunas, the team has a viable and well-balanced unit where only Ingram and CJ need the ball in their hands to be effective while Brandon can also play off-the-ball.

For the Lakers, the troubles have increased since the absence of LeBron James and he has been carrying this team on his back for most of the games. They have lost four in a row and although Westbrook has played at an elite level, doing a great job of scoring, playmaking, and rebounding, at this point, blaming Westbrook alone for the Lakers’ failings is not a wise move. The return of Anthony Davis here can bolster the team’s two-way performances.

The defense of the Pelicans has been electric with a popping Herbert Jones, length of Brandon Ingram, and a dependable rebounder and help defender in Jonas. The Pelicans have some issues at times on the offensive end but they have become a much more well-balanced team than before. Lakers in contrast have lacked hustle and their defense has been off for most games. There is no doubt that the Pelicans are in a better position than the Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers (11th in West) | New Orleans Pelicans (9th in West)
Games: 75 | 76
Wins: 31 | 33
Defeats: 44 | 43

Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Los Angeles Lakers Team News

  • LeBron James is DOUBTFUL for the game.
  • Kendrick Nunn is OUT For the game and has been ruled oout for the season.
  • Anthony Davis is PROBABLE for the game.

Lakers Expected Starting Five
Big-Forward: SF: Trevor Ariza | PF: Stanley Johnson / PF: Anthony Davis
Middle: C: Dwight Howard
Guards: PG: Russell Westbrook | SG: Malik Monk

BENCH: Austin Reaves, Wenyen Gabriel, Wayne Ellington, Avery Bradley, DJ Augustin, Kent Bazemore, Sekou Doumbouya.

New Orleans Pelicans News

    • Zion Williamson is OUT for the game and perhaps will not return this season.
    • Kira Lewis Jr. remains OUT for the season.

Pelicans Expected Starting Five

Wings: SF/PF: Herbert Jones | SF: Brandon Ingram
Middle: PF/C: Jaxson Hayes | C: Jonas Valanciunas
Guards: PG/SG: CJ McCollum

BENCH: Devonte Graham, Gary Clarke, Naji Marshall, Jose Alvarado, Willy Hernangomez, Trey Murphy III, Garrett Temple.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Anthony Davis(LAL)
Power Forward Davis has planned to return in this game and when he has been active, he has been a huge factor as a defender, scorer and rebounder. Anthony has mostly been in 20+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 1+ steal/block range. 
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 39-52

CJ McCollum(NOP)
Points: 25
Rebounds: 03
Assists: 04
McCollum has been a dynamic scorer for the Pels and ever since he has come to the squad, the Pelicans have become a much better offensive team, especially in terms of three-point shooting. He has mostly been in 25-31 points and 4-6 assists range. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-45

Russell Westbrook(LAL)
Points: 24
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 07
Guard Westbrook has been getting it done recently and has been a high-yielding scorer while also improving on cutting down on turnovers and increasing efficiency. Westbrook has mostly been in 20-25 points, 6-10, rebounds, and 6-10 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-45

Jonas Valanciunas(NOP)
Points: 19
Rebounds: 11
Assists: 04
Steals: 04
Center Valanciunas has done a brilliant job in the middle as the rebounding leader and a well-versed scorer. He has mostly been in 16-21 points and 10-15 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-40

Malik Monk(LAL)
Points: 14
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 04
Steals: 01
Guard Malik Monk has been a huge factor as an isolation scorer and he has been making a case for a big contract in the future. Monk has scored 20+ in three of the last four games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-32

Brandon Ingram(NOP)
Points: 19
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 06
Steals: 01

Small Forward Brandon has done a wonderful job as an all-around presence and his play helps the Pelicans be better on both ends of the floor. He has mostly been in 26-33 points, 5-8 assists, and 5-8 rebounds range these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-44

LAL vs NOP DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

      • Dwight Howard(LAL) had 21 points, 12 rebounds, 1 steal in the last game. Center Howard has received up-and-down minutes. He has mostly been in 6-10 points and 5-8 rebounds range.
      • Herbert Jones(NOP) had 2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals, 1 block in the last game. Defensive wing Herbert has mostly been in 4-7 points, 3-5 rebounds, a stunning 2-4 steals range.
      • Carmelo Anthony(LAL) had 12 points, 4 rebounds in the last game. Carmelo’s offensive production is down compared to the first half of the season, usually being in 9-14 points and 3-6 rebounds range these days.
      • Jaxson Hayes(NOP) had 18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal in the last game. Athletic Jaxson has been mostly in the 6-9 points and 3-5 rebounds rnage.
      • Jose Alvarado(NOP) had 6 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals in the last game. The above range has been the usual production of Jose when the starting five has had its major components.
      • Talen Horton-Tucker(LAL) had 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block in the last game. Guard Talen has done a decent job off the bench, mostly being in 7-11 points range.
      • Wenyen Gabriel(LAL) had 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. Forward Wenyen has mostly been in 6-8 points and 3-7 rebounds range.
      • Larry Nance Jr.(NOP) had 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block in the last game. Athletic and defensive-minded Larry has mostly been in 4-8 points and 4-7 rebounds range since his recovery from injury.
      • Naji Marshall(NOP) had 8 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 1 block, 1 steal in the last game. Wing Marshall has mostly been in 5-8 points range.
      • DJ Augustin(LAL) had 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. Guard Augustin has mostly been in 5-9 points range.
      • Trey Murphy III(NOP) had 10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal in the last game. Trey has mostly been in 6-10 points range.
      • Stanley Johnson(LAL) had 2 points, 1 assist, 1 steal in the last game. Forward Stanley has been a bit inconsistent and can be in the 10s points range in some games and below 5 points in others.

LAL vs NOP Dream11

(If Anthony Davis plays)
PG: R Westbrook

SG: M Monk, C McCollum(PP), T Horton-Tucker
SF: B Ingram(SP)
PF: J Hayes
C:    D Howard, A Davis

(If Anthony Davis doesn’t play)
PG: R Westbrook

SG: M Monk, C McCollum(PP)
SF: B Ingram(SP)
PF: J Hayes
C:    D Howard, J Valanciunas, H Jones

Where to watch NBA Live Score?

Ingram going at it against the former team while CJ McCollum taking over the offensive end? Wouldn’t it be fun to watch this tussle? In not the most encouraging news for NBA fans in India, this game can’t be seen on streaming services JIO TV and Voot. That is why the best you can catch all the games is by downloading or accessing the NBA League Pass. If you buy the annual subscription, you can dive into all live games, and apart from the live games, you also can grab the full game replay if you are not able to catch the live stream. To learn the scores, stats, and news, go to the official website of the NBA.

Shubham Singh

Basketball is an intense sport and NBA has the most varied talents in the world. I like analysing basketball and uncover the nuances that dictate the game.