NOP vs LAL Dream11: Los Angeles Lakers will be looking for their 9th straight win they hit the road for a matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center, in New Orleans, Louisiana. This will be the first time Anthony Davis returns to the city he left for the La La Land in the summer. He expects a feisty reception and extra aggression from the home team's players.
Lakers' return of 15 wins from 17 games is the best in the league this season. They are on an 8-game winning streak and have lost just once in the last 10 games. The Lakers are 7-1 on the road and have suffered only one defeat in the 12 games against the fellow Western Conference rivals.
The Pelicans lost the last two and fifth in the last 10 games. They are 11th on the Western Conference points table, having won 6 times in the first 11 games in the regular season.
Los Angeles Lakers hold an edge over the New Orleans Pelicans in the overall encounters against the New Orleans Pelicans with 35 wins in the 57 games. The Lakers swept the four-game series 3-1 last season. But the Pelicans have won 12 times in the last 19 games against the Lakers.
Host: New Orleans Pelicans
Visitors: Los Angeles Lakers
Match Timing: November 28, @08:00 AM
Venue: Smoothie King Center
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Lebron James: Age is just a number for the King who continues to rule NBA even when the is about to turn 35. The former Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat superstar are averaging 25.2 points per game and lead the NBA with 10.8 assists per game.
Anthony Davis: In a blockbuster move, he joined the Lakers from the Pelicans in the summer. His inclusion and James’ as well, is what makes the Showtime a relentless force this season. The 26-year-old leads the team with 25.6 points per game.
Brandon Ingram: Now he is playing like a star, which he couldn’t be in Los Angeles due to the presence of LeBron James. He is averaging 25.6 points per game and also leads the team in rebounds and blocks per game.
New Orleans Pelicans: The Pelicans are still waiting for their round-1 draft pick Zion Williamson. There is hype surrounding him, but we have to play the waiting game as he continues to recover from a knee injury he suffered on the eve of the start of the current season. While Darius Miller (Achilles Tendon Injury) remains out at this moment.
There is some good news for the Pelicans as Derrick Favors (back injury) has been upgraded to questionable and may be involved of passed fit before the game, as is the case with Josh Hart (knee injury). The duo will be monitored before the game.
In addition, Lonzo Ball had to leave the practice due to a stomach bug is a doubt for the game against Lakers.
New Orleans Pelicans squad: Brandon Ingram, Frank Jackson, Nicolo Melli, Darius Miller, E’Twaun Moore, Jahlil Okafor, JJ Redick, Kenrich Williams, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Lonzo Ball, Josh Gray, Derrick Favors, Jrue Holiday
Los Angeles Lakers team news: The Lakers remain without their summer signing DeMarcus Cousins, who arrived injured from the Golden State Warriors. Avery Bradley is another high-profile player who remains out due to a leg injury. He is expected to return in the first week of December.
While the issue with Anthony Davis is not going away, and as before, he is on Lakers' questionable list. The former Pelicans star will be monitored before the game.
Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green, Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Jared Dudley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels
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New Orleans Pelicans:
PF: Brandon Ingram
SF: Kenrich Williams
C: Jaxson Hayes
PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: JJ Redick
Los Angeles Lakers:
PF: LeBron James
SF: Anthony Davis
C: JaVale McGee
PG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SG: Danny Green
New Orleans Pelicans: E’Twaun Moore, Nicolo Melli, Lonzo Ball, Frank Jackson, Nickeil Alexander-Walker
Los Angeles Lakers: Davis Bertans, Jordan McRae, Ish Smith, Moritz Wagner, CJ Miles, Isaac Bonga, Justin Robinson, Admiral Schofield
There's so much difference between these two teams. Lakers' offence and defence are both better than the Pelicans. We back LeBron James and Co to win this game here.