Brandon Ingram (concussion) will unfortunately be watching this game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers from his home. However, Willie Green’s Pelicans could finish this three-game wild ride at the Western Conference with a winning record. Zion Williamson is back in action after his big win over the Los Angeles Clippers and is ready to power through LeBron James in this preseason game.

This is a growing rivalry between fans and franchisees, there is no doubt. New Pelicans, are conceited compared to the legendary Lakers. However, Anthony Davis’ trading for Ingram, Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball, and draft picks tied these franchises’ futures together for most of the decade. Winning at the Crypto.com Arena will help keep the Lakers near the bottom of the rankings, and the top of the lottery. With the Pelicans chasing first place in the West and the NBA Draft 2023 selection swap, it’s even more spicier in this saucy rivalry.

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