The LA Lakers take on the New Orleans Pelicans at the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday night. It will be an interesting game, given that both teams are coming off important wins.
The LA Lakers defeated the LA Clippers 83-72 in the previous Las Vegas Summer League game. During this game, several players have taken up the challenge. Mason Jones and Javante McCoy combined for 29 points off the bench.
The New Orleans Pelicans, meanwhile, handed the Washington Wizards a crushing 106-88 loss. Tyrique Jones recorded a record 15 rebounds. Deividas Sirvydis was also effective. He contributed a game-high 25 points, off the bench, in 27 minutes.
Both teams will be looking to build on their momentum by securing a much-needed victory in this upcoming fixture.
Fixation: LA Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans | NBA Summer League 2022.
Date and hour : Friday, July 15, 11:00 p.m. EDT (Saturday, July 16, 8:30 a.m. IST).
Venue: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.
LA Lakers preview
The LA Lakers’ Las Vegas Summer League campaign began with a crushing 84-104 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Scotty Pippen Jr. provided valuable input. He scored 19 points, along with four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The Lakers found their way into their next game. During this match, Cole Swider and Nate Pierre-Louis became deep threats. Swider finished the game with 21 points, including five three-pointers, but the Charlotte Hornets won by three points.
The win over the Clippers marked the Lakers’ first win in Vegas. They will try to cap it all off with a win over the Pelicans.
Key player – Scotty Pippen Jr.
Scotty Pippen Jr. has displayed an effective offensive skill set, which includes his scoring and playmaking abilities. He was able to contribute alternately in those areas, but the upcoming game will require him to do a bit of them.
Pippen Jr. can also shoot all three bullets, which expands his options. His defensive presence, however, needs to improve.
Scheduled LA Lakers Lineup
Guardian – Scotty Pippen Jr. | Guardian – Max Christi | Forward – Nate Pierre Louis | Forward – cole swider | Center – Sacha Killeya-Jones
Preview of the New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans began their Las Vegas Summer League campaign with an 85-68 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Trey Murphy III did a lot of the heavy lifting in the loss. The team was quick to bounce back, however. They won the next two matches.
The Pelicans beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-73 in Game 2. Trey Murphy III put in a 30 point performance. Big man Tyrique Jones did a good job protecting the rim. He recorded four blocks in the win.
While Trey Murphy III was on the bench in his third game, Deividas Sirvydis rose to the challenge. He contributed in several areas to the victory of the Washington Wizards. The Pelicans will be looking to beat the Lakers and pull off a three-game winning streak.
Key Player – Jared Harper
Jared Harper enjoyed his minutes against the Wizards, recording 18 points, six assists and three steals. His ground energy was the difference for the Pelicans as he did a good job drawing fouls. Harper converted ten of his 14 free throw attempts in the previous game.
The Pelicans will likely raise him as they will expect him to be aggressive against the Lakers as well. His defensive ability will be crucial for the Pelicans to register their third victory.
New Orleans Pelicans Scheduled Lineup
Guardian – Jared Harper | Guardian – Elijah Stewart | Forward – John Petty Jr. | Forward – Daeqwon Plowden | Center – Tyre Jones
Lakers. vs Pelicans Match Prediction
The New Orleans Pelicans are a team full of energy. They will have to display it as soon as the report is made to make their task easier. Their defensive ability will be crucial in the match-up, which, in turn, will fuel their attack.
The LA Lakers are likely to win, as long as they don’t let the Pelicans get streaky and take an early lead. Defensive stops that come in with regularity will help the Lakers outplay the in-form Pelicans.
Where to watch the LA Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans?
The Lakers game against the Pelicans will be shown on ESPN 2. The game will also be available to stream on NBA League Pass.