The Pelicans continue their 5-game road trip tonight with a stop in the Bay Area. As their 13-12 mark would indicate, the Warriors haven't exactly been setting the world on fire. They've lost 3 of their last 4 including a loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. However, it would be foolish to think the Pelicans have a good chance to steal a win. Why? The Oracle.
Many would deem this arena to be the best home-court advantage in the NBA. "Roaracle", as it's come to be known, has among the loudest and most passionate fans. They simply don't allow their Warriors to play flat and uninspired basketball for any significant stretches. Consequently, the Pels are going to have to come out like gangbusters and maintain their intensity throughout.
Oh and yeah, no Anthony Davis will make winning three times more difficult. Also, don't forget Tyreke Evans has a good chance on missing the game. Evans admitted he may have returned too quickly about a week ago when many believed he'd be out 1-2 weeks. He played through pain in the win against the Pistons and re-tweaked it against the Grizzlies. It wouldn't be the least bit surprising the team decides to be more reluctant rushing him back this time around.
One thing in our favor will be a number of our healthy players statistically enjoyed playing against the Warriors. Last year, Jrue Holiday averaged 24 PPG, 8.5 AST and 3 STL, Ryan Anderson 17.8 PPG, 2 3PTM and Eric Gordon 22 PPG, 2 3PTM and 2.5 STL. We'll need sometime similar and most likely, another good line or two, from several unlikely contributors. Care to impress again Austin Rivers?