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Game Preview: Pelicans vs. Warriors

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The Pellies return home tonight to face the Warriors, who should be equipped with Steph Curry but missing defensive linchpins Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogutper ESPN. In other words, outside of fatigue, New Orleans should have minimal excuses for a poor offensive showing.

Golden State, hot as their start was, sit a mere 2 games above New Orleans in the loss column. A win tonight would put the Pels right back at .500, in a 4-way tie for tenth place with the Lakers, Grizzlies, and Suns. It would also mean the Western Conference has just two teams with losing records; if you're keeping track, 12 out of 15 Eastern conference teams have losing records.

The Warriors have excelled on defense, staying afloat on offense only due to their insane 44% team three point percentage. They're one of the most turnover prone teams in the league, are terrible at getting to the line, and don't rebound their own misses. Essentially: guard the three, and play through Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis on offense, and this should be a win. Unfortunately, I think we can all envision the scenario in which the Pelicans fail spectacularly to do the one defensive thing they're tasked with.