|Last 5 Games||2-3||-1||2-3||2-3||93.4||43.0||44.1%||49.2||97.0||49.6||49.0%||41.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||94.0||46.5||36-80||45.1%||7-18||36.5%||15-20||77.9%||49||12||21||21||6||14||6|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.1||49.3||37-82||45.2%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.4%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||94.9||45.9||36-80||44.9%||7-18||36.7%||17-21||80.2%||48||11||20||21||6||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||97.5||48.7||37-78||46.8%||8-21||37.5%||16-22||75.9%||47||10||23||19||8||13||6|
|vs opponents averaging||98.8||49.7||37-82||45.5%||7-20||35.9%||17-23||75.5%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||100.1||50.7||38-79||47.6%||8-21||37.3%||17-23||74.9%||47||10||24||19||8||12||6|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||+0.8||2-2||2-3||97.6||51.8||44.9%||54.0||97.0||49.0||46.0%||48.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||102.0||51.9||37-81||45.8%||9-25||35.6%||19-28||68.8%||54||12||22||18||7||15||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.3||49.4||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||102.5||53.4||38-81||47.1%||9-24||35.8%||18-27||65.9%||56||12||24||17||7||15||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||101.1||51.8||40-88||45.5%||7-21||35.8%||14-19||72.7%||51||12||23||23||9||12||5|
|vs opponents averaging||98.5||49.5||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.7%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||97.3||49.5||39-87||44.2%||7-21||33.2%||13-18||71.6%||50||11||24||23||9||12||5|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ORLEANS 96.1, LA LAKERS 96|
|4/3/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||88-98||L||7.5||L||197.5||U||33-83||39.8%||49||12||36-78||46.2%||51||13|
|4/9/2013||@ LA LAKERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/10/2013||@ SACRAMENTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||LA CLIPPERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/5/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||105-122||L||9.5||L||214.5||O||31-77||40.3%||59||16||46-96||47.9%||48||2|
|3/6/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||108-102||W||-2||W||204||O||38-78||48.7%||42||11||38-88||43.2%||59||17|
|3/25/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||103-109||L||1||L||205.5||O||36-91||39.6%||60||9||43-90||47.8%||59||11|
|4/7/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||95-109||L||4.5||L||199||O||33-76||43.4%||42||11||42-84||50.0%||55||10|
|4/9/2013||NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/10/2013||@ PORTLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|NEW ORLEANS: GUARDS: This offense will belong to ERIC GORDON. He'll get over the fact that the Hornets matched his offer from Phoenix, and as long as his surgically-repaired knee holds up, he's one of the most complete young scorers in the NBA . . . The Hornets reached for AUSTIN RIVERS with the 10th pick because Monty Williams wants to coach him and thinks he can be an NBA point guard. Rivers has the handle, but his athleticism is ordinary and, more importantly, he has never shown a PG mentality at any level . . . GREIVIS VASQUEZ is the closest thing to a true point guard on this roster. He'll see solid minutes assuming Rivers' adjustment is a tough one . . . Well-rounded ROGER MASON JR. will also provide point guard depth . . . XAVIER HENRY hasn't lived up to his reputation as a shooter, but the Hornets can be patient with him . . . Rookie BRIAN ROBERTS has had a strong enough preseason to likely earn a roster spot. FORWARDS: ANTHONY DAVIS should step right in as a starter. His offensive game is further along than he gets credit for, and on the defensive end he's an absolute force from the basket out to the perimeter . . . He'll probably miss having Dwight Howard drawing in defenses, but RYAN ANDERSON has always been a very good three-point shooter. He and Davis are unique enough talents to share the court even if they're both power forwards . . . AL-FAROUQ AMINU made some strides on the defensive end late last season, which is what will get him minutes under Williams. He's underwhelming on the offensive end . . . If HAKIM WARRICK couldn't succeed as Steve Nash's pick-and-roll partner, it seems unlikely he'll ever help in New Orleans . . . Rookie DARIUS MILLER is looking to establish some kind of role with the team . . . LANCE THOMAS is doubtful to earn a salary to pay off his jewelry debts. CENTERS: ROBIN LOPEZ has always had the ability to protect the rim and does a decent job in space. Look for him to end up grabbing the bulk of minutes in the middle . . . JASON SMITH gives the Hornets a more offensive-minded option off the bench.|
|LA LAKERS: GUARDS: Coach Mike Brown will reportedly turn the offensive gameplan over to STEVE NASH, but it's tough to picture a smooth transition after so many years of iso-heavy play in L.A. Don't be surprised if Nash has a tough adjustment . . . KOBE BRYANT will also have to learn to play with the ball out of his hands more often. He still figures to force some hold-and-wait basketball when he can . . . STEVE BLAKE will be in the old Derek Fisher role, coming off the bench to shoot corner threes . . . CHRIS DUHON and DARIUS MORRIS will battle for that No. 3 point guard spot . . . JODIE MEEKS will back up Bryant and provide some long-range shooting off the bench . . . The young guys, ANDREW GOUDELOCK and second-rounder DARIUS JOHNSON-ODOM, will bounce between the bench and the D-League. FORWARDS: If L.A. redesigns their offense to fit Nash, PAU GASOL should thrive. He's adjusted his game to fit with Kobe's iso play, but Gasol can make the passes and cuts to create quick buckets in a Euro-style offense . . . METTA WORLD PEACE looked done early last season but rebounded for a solid second half. He's a distant fifth option on offense, but can still defend . . . ANTAWN JAMISON will likely fill a sixth-man role. His skill set is too narrow to play a lot of minutes with the starters . . . JORDAN HILL is in the rotation. He did a nice job rebounding and clearing out space last year . . . DEVIN EBANKS figures to be bumped out of the rotation by Jamison. CENTERS: DWIGHT HOWARD's back remains a bit of a concern, and it wouldn't be a shock to see him sit out a handful of regular season games. But when he plays, he'll put up the same kind of monster production that he had in Orlando . . . ROBERT SACRE will be lucky to make the roster.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (NEW ORLEANS-LA LAKERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Hornets-Lakers Preview* ========================
By BRETT HUSTON STATS Editor
New Orleans (27-50) at Los Angeles (40-37), 10:30 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Lakers don't have much margin for error if they hope to make an eighth straight playoff appearance, but they should be pretty confident in their ability to beat the New Orleans Hornets.
Getting Metta World Peace back should make them feel even better.
World Peace is expected to return from a torn meniscus nearly a month earlier than anticipated Tuesday night at Staples Center as the desperate Lakers look for an 11th straight win over the Hornets.
Los Angeles (40-37) won 11 of its first 14 after the All-Star break to grab a one-game lead for the Western Conference's eighth seed, but it's slipped a bit over the last three weeks. Sunday's 109-95 loss to the Clippers was the Lakers' fifth in nine games, and after Utah's 97-90 win at Golden State later that night, Los Angeles found itself a half-game behind the Jazz for the final playoff spot.
Utah also owns the tiebreaker.
"We've got a bigger challenge than worrying about beating the Clippers in one game," Kobe Bryant said. "... Our concern is playing well in order to get into the playoffs, get guys healthy, and go in there and see what we can do."
Steve Nash is likely to miss his fourth straight with a hamstring injury on Tuesday, but the Lakers should get a surprise return from World Peace. The mercurial forward suffered his knee injury March 25 at Golden State and Los Angeles believed he'd be out until early May - if the Lakers were even still playing then - but he's been cleared to go after recovering from surgery in less than two weeks.
"We've got a chance to make a push for this championship run," World Peace told reporters Monday after practice at the Lakers' training complex. "We all need it. All the guys under contract, injured or not injured, we all need each other to make a run at this thing."
Los Angeles could certainly use an additional 3-point threat, and World Peace averages a team-best 2.0 per game, shooting 34.7 percent overall from beyond the arc. The Lakers are shooting 31.8 percent from long distance in this nine-game stretch, with Bryant shooting a woeful 17.9 percent (7 of 39).
Efficiency from deep hasn't been an issue for Los Angeles against New Orleans this season. The Lakers are shooting 40.4 percent beyond the arc in three wins over the Hornets (27-50) - hitting at least 11 3s in each victory - and they're shooting 48.1 percent overall in their 10 straight victories over New Orleans.
Reserve guard Jodie Meeks has been the big contributor from deep in this season's series, hitting 11 of 23 from long distance while averaging 13.7 points.
Bryant had 42 points in a 108-102 win at New Orleans last month, scoring 13 of those during a 20-0 closing run as the Lakers overcame a 25-point deficit.
The Hornets head to Staples for the fourth game of a five-game road trip, but they should feel somewhat good about themselves after winning away from home Sunday for the first time since the All-Star break. Anthony Davis had 20 points as New Orleans beat Phoenix 95-92 for its first road win since Feb. 11.
"It was good to get a win so people can stop talking about how many we lost on the road in a row," coach Monty Williams said. "Our guys feel good about beating a team in their place."
Ryan Anderson has averaged 20.3 points in the three meetings against the Lakers, while Greivis Vasquez has averaged 15.3 points and 12.0 assists.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 5:00:02 PM EST|