What must the Lakers do to get a win tonight?

1. Control the Glass: For the season the Lakers are a much better rebounding team, but the Pelicans have grabbed over 50 boards in their last two victories. Keeping Davis, Mirotic, and Emeka Okafor off the glass is key, as is containing Rondo who can start the break immediately after rebounds. The Lakers must rebound as a team, which always leads to their transition offense.

2. No New Stars: When the Lakers defense isn’t locked in they can allow huge games from role players. Letting someone like E’Twaun Moore, Darius Miller, Ian Clark, or Emeka Okafor have a huge game would be proof that they simply aren’t dialed in on that side of the floor, and could easily lead to a loss.

3. Keep up the Hot Shooting: The Lakers have shot over 35 percent from deep in four of their last five games, and over 40 percent in three of those. The improvements of Lopez and Ingram have been key and the additions of Thomas and Frye should only help even more.