8:00 PM ET, November 8, 2013
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
After impressive shooting and a great defense keyed their recent wins, the New Orleans Pelicans are feeling pretty good about putting an end to their lengthy skid versus the Los Angeles Lakers.
Thanks to Steve Blake’s clutch shooting, the visiting L.A. team is looking to move above .500 without Kobe Bryant.
Tonight New Orleans will try for its third victory in four games when the team looks to end an 11-game regular-season losing in this series.
For the second time in three NBA games, the Pelicans (2-3) put together a complete performance on the way to a blowout win. Eric Gordon had 19 points and Anthony Davis added 18 and nine rebounds in an impressive 99-84 victory versus the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
It was the Pelicans’ victory on the road and followed a heart-felt 104-98 home defeat versus the Phoenix Suns a night earlier. New Orleans shot 48.7 percent and outrebounded Memphis 39-29.
Los Angeles had Kobe Bryant in all but one game during their run in this series, though they’ve found ways to win two of their last three without him this NBA season.
The Lakers built a stunning 17-point first-quarter lead Thursday, but needed Blake’s 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining to seal a 99-98 victory in Houston over former Laker Dwight Howard and the Rockets.
Los Angeles made amazing strides defensively against one of the NBA’s highest-scoring teams, limiting the Rockets to a season-worst 37.7 shooting percentage while forcing a season-high 18 turnovers.
Jodie Meeks, who had 18 points and hit five 3-pointers Thursday, scored 19 with five 3s as the L.A. tean outscored the then-Hornets 33-9 in the fourth quarter en route to a 108-102 victory in their last trip to New Orleans on March 6.
Pau Gasol looks to regroup and impress YouWager experts after averaging 9.3 points on 10-of-37 shooting (27.0 percent) in his last three games — including a two-point, 1-for-10 effort versus the Rockets
Los Angeles will have to do without Steve Nash as part of the team’s plan to give the veteran rest in the second of back-to-back games.
New Orleans is likely to be missing Ryan Anderson, who has yet to play because of a chipped bone in his toe.