Game Preview: Warriors at Pelicans - 11/21/22

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The Dubs secured their first road win of the season on Sunday night in Houston and will now play their second road game in as many nights when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

This will be the second of four matchups between the Warriors and Pels this season. The Pelicans won the first game 114-105 at home, with the Warriors playing without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green. Jordan Poole led the Warriors with 20 points, while Moses Moody, Anthony Lamb and Jonathan Kuminga recorded their first starts of the season.

Warriors at Pelicans
Monday, November 21 | Tipoff: 5:00 p.m. PT
WATCH: NBC Sports Bay Area (local); League Pass (non-local)
Listen: 95.7 The Game, Warriors Mobile App and Warriors Radio Network

Klay Thompson made 10 3-pointers to finish with 41 points and Stephen Curry had a strong second half to finish with 33 points and 15 assists as the Warriors picked up a 127-120 victory in Houston for their first road win of the season. » Full Game Recap


11th in West8th in West
PTS: 117.6 (3rd)PTS: 116.3 (6th)
REB: 41.9 (25th)REB: 44.7 (12th)
AST: 29.7 (1st)AST: 27.0 (8th)

GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney
NOP: CJ McCollum, Herbert Jones, Trey Murphy III, Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas

GSW: Andre Iguodala (Left Hip; Injury Management) and James Wiseman (G League Assignment) are out. Team Notes
NOP: Trey Murphy III (right foot contusion) is questionable. Zion Williamson (right foot contusion) is probable. Kira Lewis (G League Assignment), E.J. Liddell (right knee) Dereon Seabron (G League - Two-Way) are out. Team Notes

If the Warriors playing on the back end of a back-to-back to close out a road trip in New Orleans feels a bit repetitive, that's because the same thing happened earlier this month. In that game, the Warriors rested several of their veterans and put up a good fight, trailing by three points with three and a half minutes left before New Orleans ended the game on a 10-4 run. That game came a day after a narrow defeat in Orlando, and the Warriors played another close one on Sunday in Houston. Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins logged 37 minutes apiece on Sunday, and Klay Thompson had his best game of the season with 41 points on 14-for-23 shooting, including 10-for-13 on 3-pointers, in 36 minutes. Those three players combined to make 23 3-pointers, the most by a trio in any game in NBA history. Thompson hasn't played on consecutive days since 2019, and whether anyone else is given the day off or on a minutes restriction remains to seen. Regardless, it wouldn't be a surprise to see some of the younger Dubs get some extended run on Monday.


PTS: Curry (32.2)PTS: Williamson (23.5)
REB: Looney (7.0)REB: Valanciunas (9.1)
AST: D. Green (6.7)AST: McCollum (6.4)

Zion Williamson has missed three consecutive games due to a foot injury, but is expected to return on Monday night. Williamson, the No. 1 pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, is averaging a team-high 23.5 points per game this season. he is the only played in the league to be averaging 23-plus points on better than 56 percent shooting from the field.

New Orleans has won three of their last four games, but are coming off 117-109 loss to the Boston Celtics. The 9-7 Pelicans rank seventh in the NBA in offensive rating (114.3) and ninth in defensive rating (110.4), one of just four teams to rank in the top nine of both categories. The Pelicans rank fifth in the NBA in points in the paint per game (54.4), with Williamson's 17.5 points in the paint per game ranking second in the league.

Guard CJ McCollum, who was acquired by the Pelicans last season, is averaging a career-high in assists and rebounds, averaging 6.4 assists and 5.2 rebounds to go along with 18.9 points per game.