Game On: Lakers @ Pelicans

Published: November 12, 2014

The Lakers come rolling into town tonight to take on the Pelicans in the hopes of grabbing their second win of the season.  So far, despite a torrent of moderately ineffective field goal attempts from Kobe, the Lakers have executed a team-wide commitment to attacking the basket, earning them a league average offense.  28 free throw attempts per game will do that for you.

Of course, on the flip side, the Lakers rather un-athletic team is giving away a near league-worst number of free throws to other teams.(32 per game)  Combine that with allowing the 24th highest number of three point attempts and the Lakers have the worst defense in the league.  In fact, go back 20 years.  The Lakers defense so far this season is worse than any team during that time.  Now – they probably aren’t actually that awful, but they are pretty bad.

The Pelicans are more likely to take advantage of a lack of defense on the three point line – as their attempts have increased by 32% over last year.  They aren’t, however, likely to take advantage of the free throw line, as they are drawing 5% fewer free throws than their already free-throw allergic offense from last year.(27th in the league.)

Happily, the Pelicans should crush the Lakers on the boards and sport an easy advantage in turnovers, both areas where the Pelicans rank near the top of the league.  If they can stick a few of those easy threes, or if one of the Pelican guards decide free throws are helpful to their cause, the Lakers should provide points in abundance and make this a laugher.

Questions of the game:

  • Will the Lakers get the Pelicans ability to draw free throws jump-started?
  • Will Tyreke Evans hit better than 22% of his layups against Jordan Hill, Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer?
  • Over-under 10 three point attempts for Ryan Anderson.

Enjoy the game!


  1. Steven J

    November 12, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I know i shouldn’t want it, but I can’t help but to want to see Tyreke shoot more 3s. I just have to see how much luck it is and how much he’s actually improved. I also want to see Jrue get more involved. I think he’s still an all-star type of guard if he wants to be. His shot is as good as almost anyone on the team, he should be confident and not pass up too many shots.

  2. Pelican Poster

    November 12, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    No…Yes…Under…Given your observations regarding fouls, I expect Ajinca to draw his first foul before checking in the game…

  3. lottoni81

    November 12, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Tyreke Evans was extremely annoying against the Cavs. I hope tonight he did not miss easy layups and not make stupid moves.

    Ah … And watch Anthony Davis is always a great pleasure. Go Pels / (true) Hornets!

  4. Pelican Poster

    November 12, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    How’d I do Ryan? 3 for 3?

  5. ryanschwan

    November 13, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Pelican Poster Good Call, my friend.

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