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Game 8: New Orleans Pelicans back to life without Anthony Davis as Portland Trail Blazers eagerly await

Can Jrue Holiday turn on the jets and help the Pels end a three-game losing streak?

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Heading into the New Orleans Pelicans eighth game of the season, both Anthony Davis and Elfrid Payton will be on the sidelines for a third time. For Darius Miller, a fourth. And based on his latest streak of questionable impacts, one can’t help but wonder if Julius Randle needs some time off to rest the plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

It’s early and plenty of games remain on the schedule, but it’s a disturbing trend when remembering New Orleans injury history. When the core was fully available, the Pelicans looked like world beaters through the first four games. Since, a team that has yet to register a victory. Of course one must factor the losses have come against the Jazz, Nuggets and Warriors, but there are few easy games in the Western Conference. There’s no time for excuses or the famous line, “just wait until everyone is healthy again.”

Tonight’s matchup against the Trail Blazers promises to be another tough matchup. Portland has begun they year with five wins in seven tries and Damian Lillard and company are going to want to bash the Pels viciously after Portland’s unceremonious exit from the playoffs.

For more on tonight’s game, click here to read Preston’s preview.

Geaux Pels!

What: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers

Where: Moda Center

When: Thursday, November 1, 2018, 9:30 p.m. Central

How: TNT, 99.5 FM WRNO

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