Game Preview: Pelicans vs. Warriors - November 26, 2013

Pelicans vs. Warriors Game Preview

In the second game of one of the most challenging back-to-back sets an NBA team can face, the New Orleans Pelicans host the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday evening. On Monday, the Pelicans lost against the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs in Texas.

Arguably the NBA’s most entertaining team, the Warriors were a tough out for the Spurs during last season’s playoffs, but San Antonio eventually eliminated Golden State in six games en route to its NBA Finals date with Miami. Early in 2013-14, the Warriors were off to an excellent start, but recent injuries have contributed to them slipping a bit to 8-6. The so-called “Splash Brothers” backcourt combination of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry has been red hot, with both guards shooting over 40 percent from three-point range.

If New Orleans is to remain in playoff contention throughout the regular season, the Pelicans will need to continue to post wins on their home floor, particularly against fellow Western Conference teams. After a Nov. 5 home loss vs. West counterpart Phoenix, the Pelicans have won four straight games at home.

Tuesday’s Warriors-Pelicans game features the NBA’s three most prolific three-point shooters from 2012-13. Curry set an all-time league record last season by draining 272 shots from beyond the arc; New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson connected on 213 to finish second among all players last season. Meanwhile, Thompson was third, at 211.

Pelicans Anthony Davis
Intriguing matchup: Power forward
Anthony Davis vs. David Lee
A 20-year-old many believe could make his All-Star debut this season in New Orleans meets a 30-year-old who has already been to the midseason classic twice, including in 2013. Davis has been a rebounding and shot-blocking force early for the Pelicans, racking up 17 rejections over a recent two-game span in home victories over Philadelphia and Utah. He also had six blocks apiece in wins vs. Charlotte and the Lakers. Entering the weekend, Lee is Golden State’s third-leading scorer and top rebounder.
Warriors David Lee