Los Angeles Lakers: 3 keys to beating the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 35

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2.) Contain Brandon Ingram

These are three words that every Laker fan wanted to hear about Brandon Ingram when he was on the Los Angeles Lakers, but alas, Ingram has blossomed into a potential superstar with the Pelicans.

A bigger role, coupled with a much-improved jump shot has completely transformed his game as the former Laker is averaging 25.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists on 49 percent overall, 40 percent from the 3-point line and 86 percent on free throws.

Most of Ingram’s offensive production comes from the midrange, where he’s shooting 45% on shots attempted from that area.

Ingram’s herky-jerky style of play in addition to his ability to hit from both beyond the arc and inside of it make him an incredibly tough player to guard.

But luckily, his wiry frame still limits his effectiveness around the rim, which is exactly where the Lakers should try and force him to take shots from if they want any shot at limiting his impact on the game.