James leads Los Angeles into matchup with New Orleans
New Orleans Pelicans (30-28, seventh in the Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (26-32, 13th in the Western Conference)
Los Angeles; Wednesday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: LeBron James leads Los Angeles into a matchup against New Orleans. He’s seventh in the NBA scoring 30.2 points per game.
The Lakers are 13-20 against conference opponents. Los Angeles allows 118.4 points to opponents and has been outscored by 1.4 points per game.
The Pelicans are 19-14 in Western Conference play. New Orleans is sixth in the Western Conference with 14.8 fast break points per game led by Trey Murphy III averaging 3.1.
The teams square off for the third time this season. The Pelicans won 131-126 in the last meeting on Feb. 4. Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 35 points, and Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 34 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: James is scoring 30.2 points per game with 8.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists for the Lakers. Dennis Schroder is averaging 13.4 points and 4.8 assists over the past 10 games for Los Angeles.
CJ McCollum is shooting 38.4% from beyond the arc with 2.8 made 3-pointers per game for the Pelicans, while averaging 21.1 points and 5.8 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is shooting 59.7% and averaging 15.5 points over the last 10 games for New Orleans.
LAST 10 GAMES: Lakers: 4-6, averaging 116.5 points, 48.7 rebounds, 26.0 assists, 5.5 steals and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 46.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.3 points per game.
Pelicans: 4-6, averaging 112.7 points, 41.8 rebounds, 25.2 assists, 8.5 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.7 points.
INJURIES: Lakers: LeBron James: out (ankle).
Pelicans: E.J. Liddell: out (right knee), CJ McCollum: day to day (ankle), Zion Williamson: out (hamstring), Dyson Daniels: out (ankle).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.