Los Angeles Lakers Secure Playoff Spot with Win Over New Orleans Pelicans

Wednesday 17.4.2024


This Tuesday night, the play-ins for the 2023/24 NBA season playoffs began, the single-game playoffs that have been implemented since 2020.

In the first round, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 110 to 106, in the duel between the 7th and 8th places in the Western Conference.

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Those from California once again had a stainless LeBron James as their leader on the verge of a triple-double: 23 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Another key participation was that of Anthony Davis with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Falling behind in the game due to the wide difference in made free throws and three-pointers, Zion Williamson’s 40 points were not enough.

The performances of Brandon Ingram, CJ McCollum and Jonas Valanciunas were below expectations and were further evidenced by the fact that it was a single-game series.

LeBron James this Tuesday against the Pelicans. Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

With this result, the Lakers advance to the first round of the Western Conference playoffs and will face the defending champion Denver Nuggets (2nd).

The Pelicans will have a second chance against the Sacramento Kings (9th) who beat the Golden State Warriors (10th) in the second round. The winner of this new match, to be played on Friday 10:30 p.m. (Argentine time), will be paired with the Oklahoma City Thunder (1st)

The hegemony of the Warriors of Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry seems to have been left far behind. The overwhelming 118-94 defeat against the Kings seems to completely end a reign that marked the history of the largest basketball league in the world.

Stephen Curry. Crédito: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Curry’s 22 this Tuesday fell short of the 12 contributed personally by Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green, the most questioned during the season for his behavior.

Another striking performance was that of Klay Thompson, who contributed 0 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. We have to wait for the end of the post-season and the break to know the future of the franchise and its chips.

As follows

This Wednesday the play-in starts in the Eastern Conference with two games:

  • Philadelphia 76ers (7°) vs Miami Heat (8°) – 20 (hora argentina)
  • Chicago Bulls (9°) vs Atlanta Hawks (10°) – 22:30 (hora argentina)

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