New Orleans Pelicans: 5 most important games after the All-Star Break

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 03: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Derrick Favors #22, Kenrich Williams #34 and Josh Hart #3 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half at Staples Center on January 3, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Sunday, March 1st – Los Angeles Lakers @ New Orleans Pelicans

Opening up March with a bang, the New Orleans Pelicans get a revenge match against the Los Angeles Lakers, attempting to avenge the team’s losses in the first pair of games.

From now until Anthony Davis departs for another team, or perhaps even a longer timeline than that, the games between the Pelicans and Lakers are going to be must-see television.

When these teams first met on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Davis stole an inbound pass intended for Brandon Ingram that allowed the Lakers to escape the Smoothie King Center with a 114-110 victory.

The second meeting between the two teams wasn’t a very narrow game, as the Pelicans outscored the Lakers 30-18 in the fourth quarter and still lost 123-113 in Los Angeles on Jan. 3, a loss that didn’t feel very good for New Orleans.

Making this meeting particularly fun will be Zion Williamson’s first career run against LeBron James and the rest of the juggernaut Los Angeles squad.

Missing from the first two meetings but hopefully around for the next two, Williamson gives the Pelicans even more firepower.

It’ll be very interesting to watch him battle against a great defender and unique scorer in Davis, as the former Pelicans’ heir to the throne will take on his first paint war against Zion.

While these teams have a meeting scheduled for the week prior on Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Los Angeles, their last meeting of the year on the Pelicans’ home floor will certainly carry a ton of weight.

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