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NBA Preview: New Orleans Pelicans set for frontcourt battle against Los Angeles Clippers

Boogie/AD vs Blake/DeAndre!!!

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

A test lies ahead with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins meeting Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan as the New Orleans Pelicans return home to face the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, November 11, at 6:00 pm local time.

New Orleans is coming off of a four-game road trip that yielded a positive 3-1 record with wins over the Mavericks, Bulls and Pacers. Though not pretty at times, the Pelicans currently sit 5-2 on the road and 6-6 overall. This obviously leaves a void in home-court play (1-3).

On a positive note, some of the Pelicans’ question marks are breaking through. During this road trip alone, Darius Miller made his mark, averaging 10.3 points per game and proving he is capable as an NBA rotation player.

Jrue Holiday emerged from his silence in the Pelicans’ last game against the Toronto Raptors. Davis and Cousins were less of themselves, but Holiday exploded for 34 points, five rebounds and 11 assists while shooting 70 percent (14/20) from the field. This is a performance that New Orleans will not fall short with on most nights.

As for the Clippers, they hold what is arguably the most formidable frontcourt test New Orleans will have to face all season in Griffin and Jordan. Sitting at 5-5 overall, Griffin is averaging a stout 22.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 4.5 apg in unison with Jordan’s 10 ppg and massive 14.3 rpg.

Unfortunately for Los Angeles, Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) and Austin Rivers (mild left ankle sprain) are both struggling with injury; however, their status for Saturday is unknown. Patrick Beverly will miss the game Saturday due to a sore right knee, and Milos Teodosic is out indefinitely with a plantar fascia injury.

By the Numbers

Both teams average close to 107 points per game; even so, the Clippers hold an edge in points allowed averaging just 103.8 given up (top-10 in the NBA). Los Angeles sits in the top-five of offensive efficiency (108.4), but the Pelicans’ defensive efficiency rating is 1.8 points better than that of the Clippers. Though injuries to the Los Angeles roster will shift these patterns, this game will be a battle on both sides nonetheless.

Geaux Pelicans!

What: New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Clippers

Where: Smoothie King Center

When: November 11, 2017, 6:00 PM Central

How: FSNO, WRNO 99.5 FM