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Lakers vs. Pelicans Game Preview: The last hurrah in LA

The Lakers close out their STAPLES Center season.

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers’ season has reached its final stage, just two games left that are going down in back-to-back fashion. Their season in Los Angeles, however, ends Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. Hang on to your seats, folks, this one promises to be... well... something.

DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are both out, sitting out the end of the season as New Orleans begins looking ahead to the summer. D’Angelo Russell, whose heroics lifted the Lakers Sunday night, is not in Southern California and as such is also out.

Russell is with family in Louisville following the death of his grandmother.

The Lakers are almost certainly locked into third-best odds heading into the NBA Draft lottery, though they could still end up in a coin-flip tiebreaker with the Phoenix Suns. The Suns winning their last game of the season, and the Lakers losing these final two games, would create this scenario.

Outside of that, there’s not much left to say. Luke Walton’s been running just about everyone, even letting Metta World Peace get some legitimate minutes in what may be his final stint in the NBA. That makes Tuesday’s outing at STAPLES Center special for fans of The Pandas Friend, possibly his last game not only as a Laker, but NBA player.

So for that, we’ll just leave this here:

And drop an enjoy the game. We can brave these final two contests together, friends.

Time: 7:30 p.m. PT

TV: Spectrum SportsNet