National Basketball Association
Preview
New Orleans at L.A. Lakers
When: 10:30 PM ET, Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Lakers might not be making some of the people in the front office very happy, but they are starting to look like they have a future. The Lakers will aim for their fifth consecutive win when they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.

Los Angeles is trying to angle for draft position and the recent win streak has them with the third-worst record in the league. The Lakers are one game ahead of the Phoenix Suns in the standings and are trying to maximize the odds that they land in the top three of the NBA draft lottery, because any result outside of the top three means their first-round pick goes to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Pelicans are aiming for a top three pick as well, because any selection after that heads to the Sacramento Kings as part of the deal that brought DeMarcus Cousins over during the All-Star break. New Orleans dropped its last four games while surrendering an average of 124 points, and Cousins (Achilles) and star power forward Anthony Davis (knee) are both day-to-day.

TV:
10:30 p.m. ET, FSN New Orleans, Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles)

ABOUT THE PELICANS (33-47): Davis and Cousins resting nagging injuries opens up shots for some of the other players on the roster, and rookie point guard Quinn Cook took advantage by scoring a season-high 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting in Saturday's 123-101 loss at Golden State. "I thought he played solid," coach Alvin Gentry told reporters of Cook. "I thought he was really good, as a matter of fact. He did a good job of running the team. He was really solid in his shot selection and his decision-making, so I thought he was pretty good." Cook averaged 26 minutes in the last two games after totaling 12 in his first nine games on the roster.

ABOUT THE LAKERS (25-55): Los Angeles has not won five in a row since closing the 2012-13 with five straight victories, and they made it four in a row with D'Angelo Russell's game-winning 3-pointer in a 110-109 triumph over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Russell, who played after learning of his grandmother's death, finished with 16 points in 34 minutes. "I knew that’s what my grandma would have wanted," Russell told reporters of the decision to play. "My dad, brothers and everyone wanted me to play. I wanted to get away from basketball. I didn’t want to express myself through basketball, but it was (the) only option I had and I tried to take advantage of it."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Pelicans SG Jordan Crawford is averaging 20.5 points on 18-of-32 shooting in the last two games.

2. Lakers PF Larry Nance Jr. is averaging 11 rebounds over the last four games.

3. New Orleans took two of the first three meetings this season, including a 105-97 triumph in Los Angeles on March 5.

PREDICTION: Pelicans 122, Lakers 121
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
New Orleans 33-47 L4 21-20 12-27 1-4 32-43 6-10 19-31
L.A. Lakers 25-55 W4 16-24 9-31 1-4 24-51 6-9 15-35
Last Meeting
New Orleans L.A. Lakers
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/5/17 NO 105 LAL 97 105 44 40.4 97 49 45.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New Orleans A. Davis 31 45.5 11
L.A. Lakers N. Young 19 58.3 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New Orleans D. Cousins 15 4 11
L.A. Lakers J. Randle 12 2 10
Assists Player  
New Orleans J. Holiday 12
L.A. Lakers D. Russell 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New Orleans A. Davis 2182 50.0 546
L.A. Lakers J. Clarkson 1279 44.1 152
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New Orleans A. Davis 912 180 732
L.A. Lakers J. Randle 683 161 522
Assists Player  
New Orleans J. Holiday 476
L.A. Lakers D. Russell 346
Quickchart Matchup
New Orleans New Orleans Off vs  L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers Defense
New Orleans Off vs L.A. Lakers - Points For 104.5 Points For
New Orleans Off vs L.A. Lakers - Points Against 111.7 Points Against
New Orleans - FG% 45.0 FG%
L.A. Lakers - FG% 48.3 FG%
New Orleans - Reb 43.8 Reb
L.A. Lakers - Reb 44.4 Reb
L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers Off vs  New Orleans New Orleans Defense
L.A. Lakers Off vs New Orleans - Points For 104.7 Points For
L.A. Lakers Off vs New Orleans - Points Against 106.5 Points Against
L.A. Lakers - FG% 45.0 FG%
New Orleans - FG% 45.0 FG%
L.A. Lakers - Reb 43.5 Reb
New Orleans - Reb 48.3 Reb