Nov 26, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) is guarded by New Orleans Pelicans point guard Tyreke Evans (1) during the second half of a game at New Orleans Arena. The Warriors defeated the Pelicans 102-101. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Take on Pelicans in Second Game of Back-to-Back: Game Preview


The Golden State Warriors will have to shake off whatever nightmares they had last night of Kevin Durant racking up 54 points on them last night, as they are right back at it on Saturday night in New Orleans to take on the Pelicans in the second game of a back-to-back.

If they’re looking to get back on track, the Warriors have the perfect opponent in the Pelicans, who have lost seven straight games and won their last game more than two weeks ago.

This seems to be a victory right there for the taking for the Warriors, but there are no guarantees in the NBA.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Points per game: 103.6 (9th)
  • Field goal percentage: 46.3% (7th)
  • 3-point percentage: 38.4% (4th)
  • Opponents’ field goal percentage: 43.2% (T-3rd)
  • Rebounds per game: 46.4 (3rd)
  • Turnovers: 16.7 (29th)

Pelicans

  • Points per game: 101.3 (15th)
  • Field goal percentage: 45.6% (10th)
  • 3-point percentage: 38.6% (3rd)
  • Opponents’ field goal percentage: 46.7% (T-27th)
  • Rebounds per game: 43.2 (T-14th)
  • Turnovers: 13.3 (4th)

Score, Early and Often

The Pelicans are not a good defensive squad, allowing 103.1 points per game and 46.7 percent shooting by opponents. The Warriors need to take advantage of this, garner up an early lead, and demoralize the Pelicans into thinking, “Here we go again” with the losing streak.

Defense

For a team that prides itself on defense with a head coach that continually advocates for a “defensive mentality,” the past two games have been cause for concern for the Warriors. They gave up 123 points to the Nuggets on Wednesday, and somehow topped that by allowing 127 points in Oklahoma City. The Warriors did keep pace and score 116 and 121 points in those games, respectively, but if you can’t defend, it doesn’t matter how hot your shooting hand is.

Good to Know

The Warriors are on a five-game winning streak against the Pelicans, including a sweep of the season series last year. They have beaten them twice already this season, including once in New Orleans when Eric Gordon’s potential game-winning three-pointer went in-and-out.

Injury Report

GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) are out.

NO: Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (herniated disc) out. Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday (stress fracture in right tibia) out indefinitely. Forward Tyreke Evans (ankle) questionable

Probable Starters

GOLDEN STATE (25-16)

  • F Andre Iguodala
  • F David Lee
  • C Andrew Bogut
  • G Klay Thompson
  • G Stephen Curry

NEW ORLEANS (15-23) 

  • F Al-Farouq Aminu
  • F Anthony Davis
  • C Jason Smith
  • G Eric Gordon
  • G Brian Roberts

Game Info

Time: 5:00 PST

Location: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA

TV: LOCAL

 

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