The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to separate themselves in the Western Conference standings and have a really opportunistic slate of games on the horizon to do just that. That slate starts on Tuesday on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans.
This is a big game for the purple and gold as the Lakers and Pelicans are currently tied (with the Oklahoma City Thunder) for the ninth-best record in the West. A win would result in a full game gained in the standings and would give Los Angeles the tiebreaker advantage as they would have won three of the four head-to-head matchups.
This game could legitimately have huge playoff implications once the season ends, so coming away with a victory is imperative. Here is everything you need to know on the injury front, including a big injury for the Pelicans.
Updated Brandon Ingram injury status vs Lakers:
Brandon Ingram is a key component to this Pelicans team and the Lakers might end up avoiding him altogether. Ingram has not played the last two games thanks to an ankle injury.
Ingram has been listed as questionable for the game and there has not been much intel about whether or not he plans to suit up. We will update his status when more information becomes available, but for now, it seems like Ingram is leaning on not playing.
Full Pelicans injury report vs Lakers:
Zion Williamson remains out of action as his injury return timetable was nowhere close to where the team expected it to be when he was first injured. Williamson missing so much time is a big reason why New Orleans has plummeted down the standings.
Jose Alvarado also remains out with a stress reaction in his right tibia that he suffered in late February.
Full Lakers injury report vs Pelicans:
Both LeBron James and Mo Bamba are out for this game but that is not new news. James and Bamba have been out for multiple games with James scheduled to get re-evaluated in just over a week for his foot injury.
Anthony Davis has been listed on the injury report as day-to-day but that is nothing to worry about. Davis has been listed on every injury report since he returned from his foot injury as a precaution. He is listed as probable and should play.
Outside of that, the Lakers have a clean bill of health against the Pelicans in a game that is a huge must-win for both teams.