Through 1 Quarter
The New Orleans Pelicans are on the road but looking no worse for wear. After one quarter neither team has the contest in the bag, but the Pelicans lead 27-22 over the Los Angeles Lakers.
New Orleans hasn’t had any offensive standouts so far with all players held to five points or fewer. Los Angeles has enjoyed the tag-team combination of small forward LeBron James and point guard Russell Westbrook. The former has eight points and two assists along with three rebounds, while the latter has eight points in addition to two boards.
New Orleans @ Los Angeles
Current Records: New Orleans 24-36; Los Angeles 27-32
What to Know
The Los Angeles Lakers have the luxury of staying home another game and will welcome the New Orleans Pelicans at 10 p.m. ET Feb. 27 at Crypto.com Arena. New Orleans will be strutting in after a victory while the Lakers will be stumbling in from a loss.
It was close but no cigar for Los Angeles as they fell 105-102 to the Los Angeles Clippers this past Friday. This is Los Angeles’ third heartbreak in a row against Los Angeles following a 111-110 defeat earlier this month. The losing side was boosted by center Dwight Howard, who dropped a double-double on 16 boards and 14 points in addition to three blocks.
Meanwhile, while not quite a landslide, the matchup between the Pelicans and the Phoenix Suns this past Friday was still a pretty decisive one as New Orleans wrapped it up with a 117-102 win on the road. Shooting guard CJ McCollum and small forward Brandon Ingram were among the main playmakers for New Orleans as the former had 32 points along with six rebounds and the latter had 28 points and seven assists along with five boards. The game made it McCollum’s third in a row with at least 30 points.
The Lakers are expected to win this handily, but they should have beaten the Oklahoma City Thunder Nov. 4 easily too and instead slipped up with a 107-104. In other words, don’t count New Orleans out just yet.
How To Watch
When: Sunday at 10 p.m. ET Where: Crypto.com Arena — Los Angeles, California TV: ESPN Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.) Follow: CBS Sports App Ticket Cost: $11.22
The Lakers are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Pelicans, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Lakers as a 2-point favorite.
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Los Angeles have won 13 out of their last 21 games against New Orleans.
May 16, 2021 – Los Angeles 110 vs. New Orleans 98 Mar 23, 2021 – New Orleans 128 vs. Los Angeles 111 Jan 15, 2021 – Los Angeles 112 vs. New Orleans 95 Mar 01, 2020 – Los Angeles 122 vs. New Orleans 114 Feb 25, 2020 – Los Angeles 118 vs. New Orleans 109 Jan 03, 2020 – Los Angeles 123 vs. New Orleans 113 Nov 27, 2019 – Los Angeles 114 vs. New Orleans 110 Mar 31, 2019 – Los Angeles 130 vs. New Orleans 102 Feb 27, 2019 – Los Angeles 125 vs. New Orleans 119 Feb 23, 2019 – New Orleans 128 vs. Los Angeles 115 Dec 21, 2018 – Los Angeles 112 vs. New Orleans 104 Mar 22, 2018 – New Orleans 128 vs. Los Angeles 125 Feb 14, 2018 – New Orleans 139 vs. Los Angeles 117 Oct 22, 2017 – New Orleans 119 vs. Los Angeles 112 Apr 11, 2017 – Los Angeles 108 vs. New Orleans 96 Mar 05, 2017 – New Orleans 105 vs. Los Angeles 97 Nov 29, 2016 – New Orleans 105 vs. Los Angeles 88 Nov 12, 2016 – Los Angeles 126 vs. New Orleans 99 Apr 08, 2016 – New Orleans 110 vs. Los Angeles 102 Feb 04, 2016 – Los Angeles 99 vs. New Orleans 96 Jan 12, 2016 – Los Angeles 95 vs. New Orleans 91
Injury Report for Los Angeles
Avery Bradley: Out (Knee) Kendrick Nunn: Out (Knee) Anthony Davis: Out (Foot)
Injury Report for New Orleans
Zion Williamson: Out (Foot) Larry Nance Jr.: Out (Knee) Kira Lewis Jr.: Out for the Season (Knee)