New Orleans faces Los Angeles on 5-game home slide

Los Angeles Lakers (25-28, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (26-27, 10th in the Western Conference)

New Orleans; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: New Orleans hosts Los Angeles looking to stop its five-game home losing streak.

The Pelicans are 16-14 in Western Conference games. New Orleans averages 14.5 turnovers per game and is 11- when it turns the ball over less than its opponents.

The Lakers are 12-17 in conference matchups. Los Angeles ranks third in the Western Conference with 45.1 rebounds per game led by LeBron James averaging 8.5.

The teams square off for the second time this season. In the last meeting on Nov. 3 the Lakers won 120-117 in overtime led by 28 points from Lonnie Walker IV, while Zion Williamson scored 27 points for the Pelicans.

TOP PERFORMERS: CJ McCollum is shooting 38.6% from beyond the arc with 2.9 made 3-pointers per game for the Pelicans, while averaging 21.2 points and 5.9 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is shooting 54.7% and averaging 15.6 points over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

James is shooting 50.7% and averaging 30.1 points for the Lakers. Russell Westbrook is averaging 17.3 points over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 0-10, averaging 103.9 points, 39.7 rebounds, 25.0 assists, 8.4 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.1 points per game.

Lakers: 6-4, averaging 118.8 points, 45.6 rebounds, 25.4 assists, 6.4 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 46.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.8 points.

INJURIES: Pelicans: E.J. Liddell: out (right knee), Zion Williamson: out (hamstring), Dyson Daniels: out (ankle).

Lakers: Austin Reaves: out (hamstring).


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

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