The Los Angeles Lakers could not beat the pelicans of New Orleans Saturday without Anthony Davis. Now pelicans from New Orleans will get it back, with Andrew Lopez The Times-Picayune reporting that he will play about 20 minutes in total, and that the Lakers have fallen further than ever. They are now two games below .500 after losing a winning showdown with the Memphis Grizzlies and remain sitting three games on the eighth seed in the Western Conference. They desperately need a win to stay in the running.
And they are making a major change in an effort to get one. The Lakers are not starting a center tonight, instead they have chosen to become small with LeBron James in the center. They modified their starting lineup accordingly, choosing to place their top five players on the ground, regardless of their position. It's a bold choice, especially with Davis on the ground, but the Lakers do not have a center to play at the moment. They did not have much choice in this business. Here are the starting liners for both sides in this critical match.