Smoothie King Center | Los Angeles (NBA News | Gofrixty News Desk | 23rd March 2021) New Orleans Pelicans outclassed Lakers for the first time since Anthony Davis trade in 2019. Brandon Xavier Ingram who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016 and traded to Pelican in 2019 (under the trade-deal of AD) shined; scoring 36 points, 3 Rebounds, and 4 assists in 34 minutes of play.
Pelicans outclassed Lakers, taking full advantage of LeBron James and Anthony Davis injuries. They put-down the previous season’s NBA champions by 128 -111 points on board. LeBron James is expected to be out of the playing roster of the Lakers for an indefinite time. LeBron faced an injury on Saturday and since then Lakers are on the verge of a losing streak. The former champions have lost three consecutive games and they are now standing at 4th in the western conference with 28 -16 points.
Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol both have already got injuries and are out of the playing roster. And with the LeBron James injury, they are being depleted more at the current time. Now the debate is going on either Lakers will qualify f or playoffs or not. Because they were the most favorite for winning second consecutive champions trophy for Lakers this year with Lebron James, AD, and Mark Gasol fit and available in playing roster. But, right at the time, it seems they are struggling to get over the line.
Pelicans with this win have improved their standing in the western conference by 19 – 24 points. Now they are standing at 11 in the western conference. Remember that only top 8 will qualify for the playoffs. It seems a very hard chance for Pelicans to make it to the playoff. But they not yet out of the loop once they keep their winning streak at the mark.
The scoring card of both teams tells that 20-years Zion Williamson (the 1st pick of 1st NBA draft of 2019) put 27 points and 9 rebounds, complimenting Ingram’s performance. From the Lakers side, Kyle Kuzma was the only player in both teams who performed double-double scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. The highest scorer in the Lakers roster was Montrezl Harrell (off the bench) who score 18 points for the Lakers.