New Orleans plays Los Angeles in conference matchup
Los Angeles Lakers (34-42, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (32-45, 12th in the Western Conference)
New Orleans; Sunday, 6 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Western Conference foes New Orleans and Los Angeles face off at the Smoothie King Center.
The Pelicans have gone 22-26 against Western Conference opponents. New Orleans is eighth in the NBA with 11.2 offensive rebounds per game, led by Anthony Davis averaging 3.1 offensive boards.
The Lakers have gone 13-25 away from home. Los Angeles ranks eighth in the league with 46.3 rebounds per game, led by LeBron James averaging 8.4. The Lakers won the last meeting between these two squads 125-119 on Feb. 27. James scored 33 points to help lead Los Angeles to the win.
TOP PERFORMERS: Elfrid Payton ranks second on the Pelicans with 7.4 assists and scores 10.6 points per game. Julius Randle has averaged 7.5 rebounds and added 23.9 points per game over the last 10 games for New Orleans.
Kyle Kuzma ranks second on the Lakers averaging 18.7 points and is adding 5.5 rebounds. JaVale McGee is shooting 66.6 percent and has averaged 15.3 points over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.
LAST 10 GAMES: Lakers: 4-6, averaging 111.2 points, 46.2 rebounds, 25.9 assists, 8.9 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting.
Pelicans: 2-8, averaging 113.5 points, 48.3 rebounds, 28.8 assists, 7.9 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 44.6 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 125 points on 48.0 percent shooting.
Pelicans Injuries: Frank Jackson: out (concussion), E’Twaun Moore: out (quad), Anthony Davis: day to day (back), Darius Miller: out (left thigh strain), Jrue Holiday: out for season (abdominal strain).
Lakers Injuries: Reggie Bullock: day to day (foot), Brandon Ingram: out for season (deep venous thrombosis (dvt)), Tyson Chandler: out (illness), Josh Hart: out for season (knee), Lonzo Ball: out (left ankle), LeBron James: out for season (groin).