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