Preview, predictions, TV and injury report for New Orleans Pelicans v Los Angeles Lakers game

Sunday, 14 April 2024 at 22:30
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On the last day of the 2023/24 NBA regular season to be played this Sunday, April 14, the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers will face each other in a duel that will be crucial for the outcome of which franchises will end up playing in the Western Conference playoffs. LeBron James and Zion Williamson will be the stars of the game.
The Lakers will be the visitors in a game they must win to maintain their 8th position in the West. In that way, the Los Angeles franchise would avoid having to play the game between 9th and 10th and could afford to lose against 7th in the play-in and have a second chance to enter the playoffs. Right now, LA is 8th at 46-35, ahead of the Sacramento Kings (9th at 45-36) and Golden State Warriors (10th at 45-36).
The Pelicans, for their part, also have to get the win. Currently in 6th place in the West with a 49-32 record, the Louisiana franchise would seal its playoff qualification and avoid the play-in by winning the game against the Lakers. Behind them, Phoenix Suns (7th with 48-33) must win their matchup and hope that New Orleans loses to be 6th.
Expert predictions (Possible lineups and result).
The main predictions for the game have the New Orleans Pelicans slightly ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for the win, due to the fact that they are the home team. But in a game with so much at stake, it is very difficult to guess who will be the winner.
In addition, the potential lineups will be as follows:
  • Pelicans: CJ McCollum, Herbert Jones, Trey Murphy III, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas.
  • Lakers: D'Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, LeBron James, Rui Hachimura, Anthony Davis.
Schedule and TV.
The game will be played this Sunday at 3:30 PM ET, and will be broadcasted on ESPN, Bally Sports New Orleans and Spectrum SportsNet.
Injury report.
  • Pelicans: Brandon Ingram (knee), Larry Nance Jr (personal) and Naji Marshall (shoulder) are questionable.
  • Lakers: Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) and Christian Wood (knee) ruled out. Jalen Hood-Schifino (back), out until the end of the season.