Game Preview: Warriors at Pelicans - 11/17/19

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PACKING FOR THE ROAD AGAIN
After returning home for one game, the Dubs head right back out for another road trip. First stop: New Orleans for a Sunday showdown against the 3-8 Pelicans. One of the Warriors two wins on the season came against these Pelicans when the Dubs visited less than one month ago. Though the Dubs had a healthy Stephen Curry in that game, D’Angelo Russell posted 24 points with eight assists and Draymond Green registered his 23rd career triple-double (16 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists).

LAST TIME OUT
Despite more injuries to the Dubs, the squad kept pace with the Boston Celtics and brought Friday night’s game down to the final minutes in a 105-100 loss at Chase Center. Full Recap


MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW NOP
2-11 3-9
15th in West 14th in West
PTS: 109.5 (17th) PTS: 116.3 (6th)
REB: 44.4 (21st) REB: 45.2 (19th)
AST: 24.0 (13th) AST: 26.4 (5th)

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: D'Angelo Russell, Eric Paschall, Glenn Robinson III, Draymond Green and Willie Cauley-Stein
NOP: Derrick Favors, JJ Redick, Jrue Holiday, Kenrich Williams, and E'Twaun Moore

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Stephen Curry (left hand fracture), D'Angelo Russell (right thumb sprain), Damion Lee (right hand fracture), Jacob Evans (left abductor strain), Kevon Looney (neuropathy), Alen Smailagić (right ankle sprain) and Klay Thompson (left ACL rehab) are out. Team Notes
NOP: Darius Miller (right achilles surgery) and Zion Williamson (right knee scope) are out. Zylan Cheatham is on two-way transfer. Lonzo Ball (right adductor strain), Brandon Ingram (right knee soreness), Jahlil Okafor (left ankle sprain), Josh Hart (left knee sprain/left ankle sprain) are TBA. Team Notes

OMARI ON THE OFFENSIVE GLASS
Omari Spellman was a force on the boards in the Dubs’ game on Friday night: he finished with a season-high tying eight rebounds in the game, seven of which game on offense. That marked a career high for the second-year player. Such a feat had not been accomplished by a Warrior player since 2006 when Andris Biedrins against the Denver Nuggets on November 24 of that year. Friday’s performance added to what he had already been doing for the Dubs on that side of the ball all season too as his 2.8 offensive rebounds per night now ranks sixteenth in the NBA.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW NOP
PTS: Russell (24.3) PTS: Ingram (25.9)
REB: Looney (9.0) REB: Favors (8.9)
AST: Russell (6.7) AST: Holiday (6.9)

NEW ORLEANS SCOUTING REPORT
The Pelicans have an affinity for the three-ball: they are second in the NBA in three-pointers made (14.8), while ranking fifth in treys attempted (39.0) and 3-point percentage (38.0). Four of their players — J.J. Redick, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart — average at least two splashes per game. This makes the Pelicans sixth in the league in points per game (116.3) and seventh in offensive rating. However, like the Warriors, the Pelicans have struggled on defense; New Orleans’ defensive rating is 28th in the league and allow their opponents to score the most points per game in the league (121.7). The athletic six-foot-seven-inch forward Brandon Ingram continues to put up new career highs in scoring (25.9), rebounds (7.3), and blocks (0.9), while Jrue Holiday has maintained his reputation as top two-way player on the court with 16.7 points and a career-high 2.3 steals per game.

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