New Orleans is putting together a fantastic stretch of ball right now, the return of Zion really giving them a boost. And it’s because of that, that they have become a must-see team. He and Ingram are leading the way while the backcourt duo of Lonzo Ball and Jrue Holiday continue to produce.
Come this time next year, nobody is going to want to be playing these guys. After a 6-21 start, they have gone 18-11 over their past 29, which is more telling of who they are as a team.
Golden State meanwhile is going through all the feels of a team that goes from title contender to lottery-bound. Five straight NBA Finals appearances with three titles, and now no Steph, Klay or KD and they cannot seem to beat anybody.
But they have several draft picks for 2020, and the addition of Wiggins will pay dividends next year. Marquese Chriss is playing the best basketball of his career, and things will soon be looking up. Also, Steph is coming back in just seven days.
The spread for today’s game has New Orleans favored by 8.5 points, the over/under set at 237.5.
Pelicans looking to add another win to their total
Coming off a 128-115 win over Portland on Friday night, they’ll be looking to take down their latest victim. And the recent struggle of the Grizzlies, combined with New Orleans’ potential to make a run, could give them a serious chance to snag the #8 seed.
Now, they’d probably get destroyed by the size of the Lakers, but seeing them in the playoffs would sure be exciting. The young up-and-comers who traded their superstar to LA, making the playoffs primarily thanks to the #1 pick and the guys acquired in said deal. Oh, the headlines that it could make.
To get the win tonight, it won’t take too much of an effort. They just need to lock in from the opening tip and share the love on offense. With the playmakers they have, they are a handful.
Warriors looking for some good news
In this weird down year for the Warriors, we have seen the emergence of a few guys who will be a part of the likely instant turnaround next season. Rookie second-round pick Eric Paschall has proved to be a reliable two-way player.
Marquese Chriss is playing the best ball of his young career, throwing down big dunks and protecting the rim on the other end. Damion Lee is proving that he is worthy of a rotation spot on next year’s club too, his double-doubles and ability to get hot much appreciated here. It also doesn’t hurt that he is Steph Curry’s brother-in-law.
Jordan Poole is still struggling to shoot the ball at 30% from the floor, but he will start to get it at some point.
Pelicans win it on the road
Make sure to bet on New Orleans! No loss is being handed to them at the Chase Center this evening.
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