10:30 PM ET, November 12, 2013
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a terrible defeat to a team they had dominated the last few years.
The same ting happened when they met the New Orleans Pelicans a few days ago.
The Los Angeles Lakers will try to impress online sports betting fans and avenge that loss when they host the Pelicans tonight.
Los Angeles (3-5) had taken 22 straight from the Minnesota Timberwolves before losing 113-90 on Sunday. Steve Blake had 19 points and eight assists for the Lakers, which were outscored 47-23 in the first quarter — Minnesota’s highest-scoring period in franchise history.
Los Angeles, allowing an average of 106.5 points to rank near the bottom of the league, were outscored 50-32 in the paint and 19-9 in transition.
The L.A. team will now focus on New Orleans (3-4), who snapped an 11-game losing streak in the series with Friday’s 96-85 win. Anthony Davis led the way with a career-high 32 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks while Jrue Holiday added 13 points and 13 assists.
However, Davis was held in check during Sunday’s 101-94 defeat versus the Phoenix Suns. The 20 year-old pulled down 12 boards but scored a season-low 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting.
The Pelicans will try to add to Paul Gasol’s difficulties. Davis blocked Gasol five times Friday, and the former All-Star was limited to 3-of-12 shooting. The power forward is averaging 11.9 points on 36.0 percent shooting.
YouWager experts believe Los Angeles may be forced to lean on Blake even more with Steve Nash’s status still unknown.
Nash, the oldest player in the NBA at 39, will be evaluated Monday after exiting Sunday’s defeat with a back injury.