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Zion Williamson, Pelicans looking forward to challenge against Lakers in L.A.

Herb Jones remains out for New Orleans, but Dyson Daniels is available

New Orleans Pelicans v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

There’s been a buzz on social media leading up to tonight’s matchup, but finally, we’re here. The New Orleans Pelicans will tip off against the Los Angeles Lakers within the next hour, and regardless of the standings, it’s always a special affair.

“Look, I was here when we were getting kicked by 30 every night and people still gave us their best shot,” Larry Nance Jr. said after this morning’s shootaround. “It’s because it is the Lakers. Everybody gets excited to play the Lakers and the Celtics and the Knicks. You just get up for those games because they’re historically the teams you get up for. It helps that Bron’s there, too ... It doesn’t matter if the Lakers go 82-0 or 0-82. This is always going to be a big game.”

Zion Williamson has career averages of 28.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists against the Lakers, but he and the Pelicans could receive a nice boost from the return of Dyson Daniels, who’s missed the previous two games with a left ankle sprain that occurred in the second quarter against the Mavericks.

“I’m feeling good,” Daniels said. “I’ve had an ankle injury for the last few games, but I’m back and ready to go.”

On the other hand, Herb Jones, who was unfortunately downgraded to questionable earlier today, will sit. He’ll miss his fourth straight contest after hyperextending his right knee in a game against the Utah Jazz.

Anthony Davis, who was questionable with back tightness, is a go for the Lakers.

For more on tonight’s matchup, please give our preview a read.

Let’s Geaux Pels!

Who: New Orleans Pelicans (4-2) at Los Angeles Lakers (1-5)

When: November 2, 2022, 9:30 p.m. CT

Where to watch: Bally Sports New Orleans, League Pass

Where to listen: WRNO 99.5

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