UPDATE: Since the time this preview was originally posted, the Warriors have decided to rest Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney may also not play.
The Golden State Warriors are trying to get back to .500, and are set to visit the New Orleans Pelicans. Catch this game live on Tuesday, 22 November at 9 AM (Manila Time).
Away: Golden State Warriors (8-9, 1-8 Away)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Steph Curry
- SG: Klay Thompson
- SF: Andrew Wiggins
- PF: Draymond Green
- C: Kevon Looney
The Golden State Warriors finally got their first away of the season against the bottom-dwelling Rockets. The 127-120 victory saw a resurgent performance from Klay Thompson, who had 41 points while shooting 10 of 13 from beyond the arc. That was backed up well by the ever-present Steph Curry, who had 33 points, six rebounds, 15 assists, three steals and two blocks while shooting 11 of 20 from the field.
On top of the Splash brothers, Andrew Wiggins continued his good two-way play as well, finishing with 22 points, five rebounds and two steals. The starters needed to play strong, as the Warriors’ bench only combined for 24 points, and they’ll need to contribute more against the Pelicans, considering it’s the second night of a back to back.
The Warriors are 2-1 ATS this season in the second night of back-to-backs.
Home: New Orleans Pelicans (9-7, 5-3 Home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: CJ McCollum
- SG: Brandon Ingram
- SF: Trey Murphy III (day-to-day)
- PF: Zion Williamson (probable)
- C: Jonas Valanciunas
Kevon Looney will have his hands full with Jonas Valanciunas, whose size is going to pose a problem. The Lithuanian is averaging 13.4 points and 9.1 rebounds this season, and his size and skills will keep the Warriors’ paint defense honest for the game.
Zion Williamson is listed as probable for the game, but he’s gone out and said he expects to play against the Warriors. There is no one on the Warriors roster that can hope to defend Williamson’s mix of skill and athleticism in a one-on-one situation, so all of the attention he draws should open things up for Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum.
Ingram had 25 points, seven assists and two steals in his last game. McCollum had 18 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
The Pelicans are 4-4 ATS at home this season.
Spread: The Warriors may not be able to rely on Klay Thompson getting hot again, so the Pelicans at -5.5 looks good.
Over/Under: Both teams score in bunches so the over 229.5 looks good.