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Game Thread: Lonzo Ball (hip) OUT for Pelicans-Lakers matchup

NAW, Ball’s likely replacement, has been fantastic in a starting role this season

Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images

The Pelicans will tip off in less than an hour against the Los Angeles Lakers, who will be without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and New Orleans will not have the services of Lonzo Ball.

The usual starting point guard will miss his second straight game due to a right hip flexor strain. Nickeil Alexander-Walker will likely start in Ball’s place once more.

In four starts this season, NAW has compiled averages of 19.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists, shooting 57.4% from the field and 47.8% from 3-point range.

For more on tonight’s matchup, please give our preview a read. Also, be sure to catch up on the latest trade developments surrounding the Pelicans here.

Who: New Orleans Pelicans (18-24) vs Los Angeles Lakers (28-15)

When: March 23, 6:30 p.m. Central

Where to watch: TNT

Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM

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