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Game Preview: Pelicans v. Kings

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Without Anthony Davis, the Pelicans predictably rolled over in San Antonio Saturday night, 96-80. With him using crutches just a day prior, expect him to miss tonight as well. However, unlike the Spurs, the Kings are beatable without our superstar as they've only won 5 times (out of 15) in March. Their point guard, Isaiah Thomas, has missed the last three games, all losses. He is a game-time decision, but if he's able to go, a New Orleans victory would be a harder achievement.

3 things to watch:

  • Rudy Gay's Perimeter Shot. Over the last 10 games, Gay has made only 2 three point shots out of 21 attempts. That's Josh Smith territory. Let him shoot Aminu and company!
  • Steamer/Ajinca's 12 fouls v. Cousins. DeMarcus Cousins is the remaining Big 3 King who is still playing or producing at an effective rate. The Pelicans cannot allow him to dictate everything in the paint and Greg Stiemsma will get the first crack at slowing down one of the best young bigs in the game. If true to form, he'll fail and the game could turn on how well Cousins is shooting his freebies on the night.
  • Tyreke Evans. Against his former team, he is averaging 23.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.3 steals. Reke is going to need to be huge again for the Pelicans to walk away with their 10th win in the last 14 games.
Stop by Sactown Royalty for some additional input.