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Game Thread: New Orleans Pelicans at Washington Wizards

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Richard Dole-USA TODAY Sports
2014 NBA Preseason
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3-2
4-2
October 20, 2014, 6:00 PM Central
Baltimore Arena - Baltimore, MD
Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic
WWL 105.3 FM
Projected Starters
Jrue Holiday PG John Wall
Eric Gordon SG Garrett Temple
Tyreke Evans SF Paul Pierce
Anthony Davis PF Nene Hilario
Omer Asik C Marcin Gortat
Advanced Stats (2013/14)
94.51 (22nd) Pace 95.45 (19th)
104.7 (13th) ORtg 103.3 (16th)
107.3 (25th) DRtg 102.4 (9th)

The Pelicans travel to Baltimore to face the Wizards in the Baltimore Classic. Last year in the preseason the Wizards sold out their game against the Knicks at the same location. This will be the sixth of seven preseason games for the Pelicans yet only the second available for your visual consumption in the comfort of your own home.

The teams could do this one of two ways. Give the core rotation players a substantial volume of minutes or determine which back of the bench players stay active come the regular season opener next week. I expect Monty Williams is going to continue play a rotation near his regular season expectation in the first three quarters or so. This is especially important as the team adjusts to the insertion of Tyreke Evans into the starting lineup.

New Orleans was a terror on offensive in the Smoothie King Center; whether a young team can take that execution on the road is always a question mark. There are still some serious negative areas in need of correction as the Pels prepare for the regular season. Poor defensive rebounding and unnecessary fouls plagued this team last year and has continued into the preseason.

Washington is still searching for answers as they adjust to the temporary absence of Bradley Beal. Garrett Temple started at shooting guard on Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets. Wizards coach Randy Wittman has not played his starters long minutes this preseason, electing to play his starters 20-25 minutes a game while the expected rotation reserves shoulder a heavier than normal load.