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Game 10: To escape 5-game road trip with a single victory, Pelicans need to beat Western Conference Player of the Week Russell Westbrook and hot Thunder team

Alvin Gentry would like nothing better than a victory on his birthday. Can New Orleans oblige?

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Two teams headed in very different directions will meet tonight in Oklahoma City. The Pelicans, losers of five straight, haven’t won a game since October 26th; the Thunder are winners of four straight and Russell Westbrook was just awarded Western Conference Player of the Week.

Of course, injuries have hampered the effort, but Anthony Davis and Darius Miller were in the rotation a few nights ago and New Orleans still lost by double figures to the San Antonio Spurs. The execution was subpar as evidenced by one of the slowest teams in the league still garnering 18 points off of Pelican turnovers. Alvin Gentry’s squad simply needs to play better — Missing nearly half of your free throw attempts is not winning basketball!

For more on tonight’s matchup, please read Zachary’s preview at this link.

If you’re in need of a bit of good news, please check out Preston’s article on Nikola Mirotic, Davis’ best backcourt partner of his young career.

Geaux Pels!

What: New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder

Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena

When: Saturday, November 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Central

How: FSNO, FSOK, NBAtv, 99.5 FM WRNO

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