The Los Angeles Lakers are facing the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday night in Las Vegas with a spot in the NBA In-Season Tournament championship game against the Indiana Pacers on the line. After 12 minutes of action in Vegas, it is the Pelicans who own a slim lead over LeBron James and the Lakers.
The Lakers have been unbeaten so far in the inaugural tournament and find themselves two wins away from the NBA Cup. The Pelicans beat the Sacramento Kings on the road in the quarterfinals on Tuesday and will try to upset the Lakers — a 2.5-point favorite — on Thursday night.
James scored a team-high 31 points and had 11 assists in the Lakers’ quarterfinal win over the Suns earlier in the week.
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