Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors (8-9) will travel to New Orleans to meet the Pelicans (9-7) tomorrow at Smoothie King Center (8:10 pm EST) and will try to extend their two-game win streak. The Pelicans, on the other hand, are looking for a bounceback game after suffering a 117-109 loss against the Boston Celtics (13-3).
It has been a surprise that the Golden State struggled in the early season considering that they’ve managed to keep their core and had James Wiseman back. However, they are able to get up and build a little momentum after winning two games in a row.
Meanwhile, despite the recent loss against the Celtics, the Pelicans are still looking good in the Western Conference and are still two games above the 0.500 area.
We may be looking at the best shape of the Pelicans in the last couple of seasons, but the Warriors may just be getting started.
Warriors vs. Pelicans Odds/Game Lines
|Odds Via FanDuel||Warriors||Pelicans|
|Point Spread||+4.5 (-110)||-4.5 (-110)|
|GSW -7.5 (+450)||Either 7pts or Less (-115)||NOP -7.5 (+140)|
|Winning at the End of Every Quarter|
|Grizzlies||Any Other Result||Pelicans|
Note: “Winning at the End of Every Quarter” bets means that the team you pick should be ahead every end the quarter. If neither team does, the bets for “Any Other Result” wins.
Williamson, Expected to Be Back For the Pels
Consistency has been an early season problem for the Pelicans, especially with Zion Williamson going in and out due to injuries. However, they have won four of their last six games, including convincing wins against the Grizzlies, Bulls, and Rockets.
Zion is expected to be back in tomorrow’s game against the Warriors. His presence is definitely needed by the Pels as they face an experienced team with a great coach. Zion is leading the Pels with 23.5 points per game with 6.4 rebounds, 3.9 assist, and 1.1 steals per game. He also leads the team with 23.36 PER during the 11 games he played this season.
Williamson’s Presence may be vital for the Pelicans but it doesn’t mean that he is all alone. Six other Pelicans are averaging double figures in scoring, including Brandon Ingram (21.1), CJ McCollum (18.9), and Jonas Valanciunas (13.4).
Golden State Aiming For Another Road Win
If there is one major challenge for the Warriors this season, that is winning road games. They’ve lost all of their away games before Sunday’s victory where Klay and Steph finished with a combined 74 points and 17 threes.
The Warriors will have another road game and this will be against a much better team. A more balanced team that beat them while they are trying to steal a road game. Getting it done on Smoothie King Center will be tougher but they can take advantage of the recently exposed weak outside defense of New Orleans as Boston connected a total of 20 threes during their last game.
More than all of that, a reliable bench is much needed for the Warriors as a lineup other than the starting unit is just being pounded by other teams.