The Lakers (41-30) are coming off a close 122-115 victory over the Indiana Pacers Saturday, as LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder all returned to action. Los Angeles is still in the mix for the sixth seed — they’ll need help from the Denver Nuggets to beat Portland — so taking advantage of a Pelicans team with nothing to play for appears fruitful, especially considering the Lakers’ health entering the game. Only Jared Dudley is officially ruled out.
The Pelicans (31-40) were officially eliminated from the playoffs a few games ago, concluding what has been a disappointing season with their abundance of budding talent. But the Lakers won’t be facing most of their key players, as Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Steven Adams are all ruled out. James Johnson and Wesley Iwundu are day-to-day, but they should be able to finish the season by playing.
Here’s when you should tune in to see the game:
Probable starting lineups
Los Angeles Lakers
New Orleans Pelicans