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Tuesday, November 12th (All times Eastern)

New Orleans Pelicans (3-4) at Los Angeles Lakers (3-5), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - After stunning the rival Clippers on opening night, the Los Angeles Lakers have been inconsistent with five losses in seven tries.

The Lakers try to find the win column Tuesday versus the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center and were hammered 113-90 by the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday at home. Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks scored 19 and 16 points, respectively, while Pau Gasol added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Los Angeles was down 47-23 after the first quarter and shot just 38 percent from the floor. The Lakers, who had a 22-game winning streak against the Timberwolves come to an end, later pulled within 14 points at the end of the third quarter.

"We came out soft," Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We just didn't have enough intensity on defense, and we paid for it."

Lakers veteran guard Steve Nash did not play in the second half and saw a back specialist Monday. The result wasn't good and Nash needs an epidural block to heal nerve root irritation. Nash will be out for a minimum of two weeks and will be re-evaluated in 10 days or so.

"I'm concerned," D'Antoni said. "He was struggling physically tonight. You could just see it on his face and that's why I took him out. We shut him down more or less. He was struggling."

The Lakers, of course, are still without future Hall of Fame guard Kobe Bryant, who continues to heal from offseason Achilles surgery. The Lakers are in the midst of playing six of seven games at home.

New Orleans will resume a three-game western trek and had a season-high two- game winning streak come to an end with Sunday's 101-94 loss to the upstart Phoenix Suns.

The Suns used a 15-6 run for a 95-85 lead and the Pelicans never threatened from there, falling to 3-4 on the season. The Pelicans, who have been competitive in every loss this season, were led by Jason Smith's 22 points and eight rebounds. Jrue Holiday and Anthony Morrow scored 16 points apiece and second-year phenom Anthony Davis added 14 and 12 rebounds.

Phoenix scored 19 points off 17 New Orleans turnovers and the visitors shot 44.3 percent from the floor. The Pelicans struggled from 3-point range, making 4-of-13 from beyond the arc.

"We just didn't have our best stuff tonight," Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said.

The Pelicans hope to bounce back in a hostile L.A. environment and will visit the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

New Orleans may not have forward Tyreke Evans (ankle) Tuesday and he is questionable against the Lakers. So is forward Ryan Anderson (toe), who has yet to play this season. Anderson is a sharpshooter and averaged 16.2 points per game in 81 contests a season ago.

In a 96-85 win over the Lakers last Friday, the Pelicans were led by Davis' career-high 32 points. The former No. 1 pick had 12 rebounds and tied a career-high with six blocks for New Orleans, which ended an 11-game losing streak to the Lakers.

Los Angeles has still won 14 of the past 16 meetings in this series and is unbeaten in eight straight as the host. The Pelicans have lost 14 of 17 and 18 of their last 22 at the Lakers.

11/12 10:38:33 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
Half
HOU 49
POR 48
 
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
2nd
SJS 0
LOS 2
 
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3