Mar 18, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets power forward Anthony Davis (23) guards Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) during the first quarter a game at the New Orleans Arena. The Warriors defeated the Hornets 93-72. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Begin Road Trip Against Pelicans: Game Preview


The Golden State Warriors (8-6) will embark on a four-game road trip that begins with a matchup in New Orleans against the Pelicans (6-7) on Tuesday night. The Warriors, mired in their longest losing streak of the season at three games, will look to right the ship with a win to start off the road trip.

Absence of Key Players

The injuries are piling up for the Warriors, and it’s costing them. First it was Toney Douglas. Then Jermaine O’Neal. Then Stephen Curry. And just to put the cherry on top, Andre Iguodala.

Curry was the only one of the above players who played in Saturday night’s loss at home against Portland, a disappointing one that saw the Trail Blazers overcome fourth-quarter deficit by ending the game on a 42-22 run.

The game also saw some fireworks, as the teams got into a scuffle in the third quarter. For his role in the fracas, Andrew Bogut was given a one game suspension, which he will serve tonight. Thus, the Warriors will be without two starters: Iguodala and Bogut.

Iguodala suffered a strained left hamstring last Friday against the Lakers, and although it was determined that he will not undergo surgery, there is no timetable on his return.

O’Neal (knee, groin) will be a game-time decision tonight, but considering that the Warriors will be without Bogut, we may see him suit up because they do not have another active center on the roster besides Dewayne Dedmon.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Points per game: 101.7 (10th)
  • Field goal percentage: 47.6% (5th)
  • 3-point percentage: 44.4% (1st)
  • Points allowed per game: 97.3 (T-7th)
  • Rebounds per game: 43.8 (T-11th)

Pelicans

  • Points per game: 101.3 (12th)
  • Field goal percentage: 45.4% (12th)
  • 3-point percentage: 41.5% (4th)
  • Points allowed per game: 98.8 (T-13th)
  • Rebounds per game: 41.8 (T-21st)

Know Your Enemy

The Pelicans have won three of their last four, and three in a row at home. While the may not have gotten off to the best start, New Orleans possesses a lineup that is more than capable off competing each and every game. Eric Gordon coupled with newcomer Jrue Holiday form a lethal backcourt, while the up-and-coming Anthony Davis roams inside.

Probable Lineup

Warriors

  • PG Stephen Curry
  • SG Klay Thompson
  • SF Harrison Barnes
  • PF David Lee
  • C TBD (Jermaine O’Neal, Marreese Speights, Dewayne Dedmon)

Pelicans

  • PG Jrue Holiday
  • SG Eric Gordon
  • SF Al-Farouq Aminu
  • PF Anthony Davis
  • C Jason Smith

Game Information

Tip-off: 5:00 PM (PST)

Location: New Orleans Arena (New Orleans, Louisiana)

TV: LOCAL

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