Life in the Western Conference has been trying for LeBron in his first season. He’s got his LA Lakers sitting at 18-13, a record good enough to place LA at fourth in the west, but is looking at three straight games against three playoff contenders, one opponent being the Golden State Warriors. Going into Friday’s matchup with the Pelicans, the Lakers have lost two in a row. It would be ideal for LeBron and co. to get the win at home before heading into a difficult Christmas stint. Big man Javale Mcgee has missed the previous two games, and is listed as questionable for the home matchup. Mcgee has been missing from action with an illness, with his absence not going unnoticed.
The Pelicans come into the second of four road games in a row looking to hand LA their third straight loss. Anthony Davis comes into the game on fire, averaging 28 points a game to go along with a top 5 appearance in the blocks leaders this year. Davis has been linked to Los Angeles, with the Lakers being a possible destination for Davis in the future. The story struck headlines at an awkward time, just days before New Orleans comes to town. Davis is set on getting his team back into the playoff talk as his Pelicans have struggled, sitting two games under .500. (15-17).
Look for AD to have a monster game in LA. Anthony Davis is starting at the center position fairly often in the 2018 season, and Friday’s matchup with the Lakers will offer a mismatch at that position in favor of the Brow. Davis is coming off of a 29 minute performance in which he scored 27 points in a losing effort to the East’s second best team, the Milwaukee Bucks. The LA trade talks do not seem to have distracted AD, but he must produce a big stat line if his Pelicans are going to beat LeBron and his young supporting cast at home.