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Los Angeles faces New Orleans, looks to stop 4-game skid

April 1, 2022 GMT

New Orleans Pelicans (33-43, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (31-45, 11th in the Western Conference)

Los Angeles; Friday, 10:30 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Lakers -1.5; over/under is 233.5

BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles comes into the matchup with New Orleans as losers of four games in a row.

The Lakers are 16-30 in conference games. Los Angeles is 11-24 against opponents with a winning record.

The Pelicans are 22-24 in conference matchups. New Orleans has an 18-30 record against teams over .500.

The teams meet for the third time this season. In the last meeting on March 27 the Pelicans won 116-108 led by 26 points from Brandon Ingram, while LeBron James scored 39 points for the Lakers.

TOP PERFORMERS: Russell Westbrook is averaging 18.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists for the Lakers. James is averaging 33.0 points over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.

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Devonte’ Graham averages 2.6 made 3-pointers per game for the Pelicans, scoring 12.2 points while shooting 34.2% from beyond the arc. Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 19.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists over the past 10 games for New Orleans.

LAST 10 GAMES:

INJURIES: Lakers: Anthony Davis: out (foot), Kendrick Nunn: out (knee), LeBron James: out (ankle).

Pelicans: Kira Lewis Jr.: out for season (knee), Zion Williamson: out (foot).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.