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Game 22: Pelicans moving Tim Frazier into starting lineup, looking to minimize early turnovers

In a somewhat surprising move, New Orleans is inserting seldom-used PG Tim Frazier into the starting lineup — none the less against his former squad too!

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The New Orleans Pelicans continue to find themselves victims of losing streaks, currently amidst a four-game slide. The first task at managing such a trend will require the Pels to cut down on their season-high 22 turnovers on Monday night against the Boston Celtics.

To that end, head coach Alvin Gentry has elected to insert former Wizard Tim Frazier into the starting lineup, likely with the notion that Frazier’s inclusion will minimize opening period turnovers and give Jrue Holiday a chance to operate off the ball as he recently requested.

The Pelicans carried an overwhelming 8-1 advantage in the Smoothie King Center prior to Monday night’s clunker and will hunt for redemption tonight against a familiar foe in these Washington Wizards.

On Saturday night’s matchup at the Capital One Arena, the Wizards, led by Otto Porter Jr.’s season-high 29 points, shot 57% from the field with 30 assists and 70 points in the paint.

Injury Report

Wizards: Dwight Howard (Out - gluteal soreness)

Pelicans: Elfrid Payton (Out - finger), Frank Jackson (Out - ankle)

What to Watch for

The Washington Wizards will again be without their starting center (Howard), but the New Orleans Pelicans return with theirs. Davis had previously sat out due to a sore right hip in the teams’ first matchup. With Davis on the bench, the Pelicans suffer a horrifying 123.5 Defensive Rating. This, coupled with Porter’s shooting, likely led to the Wizards’ numbers on Saturday night. The Pelicans enjoy a more manageable rating of 112.0 with him in the lineup, and should capitalize on that tonight in New Orleans.

On Saturday night, John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter Jr. each converted seven field goals in addition to eight from Austin Rivers. If the Pelicans can’t slow the Wizards’ perimeter scoring Davis’ presence in the paint may be negated.

Washington New Orleans
Pace: 101.8 (7th) Pace: 103.9 (3rd)
ORtg: 110.1 (10th) ORtg: 113.8 (5th)
DRtg: 114.6 (28th) DRtg: 113.2 (27th)
Projected Starters:
Washington New Orleans
PG - John Wall PG - Tim Frazier
SG - Bradley Beal SG - Jrue Holiday
SF - Kelly Oubre Jr F - E'Twaun Moore
F - Otto Porter Jr PF - Nikola Mirotic
C - Thomas Bryant C - Anthony Davis

Be sure to check out Chris’ full preview here!

Geaux Pels!

What: New Orleans Pelicans vs Washington Wizards

Where: Smoothie King Center

When: Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Central

How: FSNO, 99.5 FM WRNO

Spread: -6.5