Date: 17th May 2021
Time: 6:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Smoothie King Center
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New Orleans Pelicans are set to host LA Lakers for another exciting Western Conference clash in the American Basketball League. While the home side do not have too much to play for after having already missed out on the playoffs spot, the stakes for visitors will be quite high on the other side. The Lakers need a victory at all cost to keep their hopes alive of finishing at the sixth spot. With so much depending on this result, the fans can certainly expect a high-voltage contest at the Smoothie King Center.
New Orleans Pelicans
The home side will be without their star players – Zion Williamson (finger injury), Brandon Ingram (ankle injury) and Josh Hart (thumb injury). Lonzo Ball and Steven Adams have also been ruled out while there are also some question marks over the availability of Wes Iwundu and James Johnson for this contest.
The visitors would be delighted to have their star duo of Lebron James and Dennis Schroder available for this all-important contest as both of them have recovered from their respective injuries. Meanwhile, Alex Caruso has also recovered from his foot injury and could be a part of the squad.
Talking about the pick for Point Guard, the ever-impressive Dennis Schroder should be a certain pick in your side, considering his consistency throughout the season. Coming to shooting guard, Nickeil Alexander-Walker could be the X-Factor in this contest, coming on the back of a 30-point game against the Warriors. Lebron James is the ideal pick for captain/vice-captain as he is averaging 25 points, 7.8 assists and 7.9 rebounds for the Lakers this season. Andre Drummond is another player who could be a good pick for your side as the LA Center registered 15 rebounds in the previous contest.
Probable Playing 5
New Orleans Pelicans: Eric Bledsoe, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Naji Marshall, James Johnson, Willy Hernangomez
LA Lakers: Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond
Point Guard: Eric Bledsoe, Dennis Schroder
Shooting Guard: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Small Forward: LeBron James
Power Forward: Anthony Davis, Jaxson Hayes
Center: Andre Drummond, Willy Hernangomez
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