Coming off a disastrous road trip, the Pelicans will be hungry to get back into the win column. Expectations were high entering the season and they were loudly validated during the first week of action, but then the bottom fell out after six straight losses.
While many have jumped off the bandwagon and the Anthony Davis rumor mill fired back up, New Orleans is about to get their first break on the schedule. Four of the next five opponents have losing records, with an injury riddled Chicago Bulls team up first.
Lauri Markkanen, Bobby Portis, Denzel Valentine and Kris Dunn are all out for Fred Holberg’s squad so a big load falls on Zach LaVine’s shoulders — who will gladly take it. At 27.9 points per game, LaVine is off to the best start of his young career, ranking fifth in the league in scoring. While he’s gone for more than 30 points five times this season, he’s only surpassed 20-point barrier three times in 10 tries against the Pelicans. Don’t be surprised if he fails to reach that plateau again as All-World defender Jrue Holiday will have the responsibility of guarding the Bulls shooting guard.
Another thing to watch closely will be Anthony Davis and his scoring prowess. Since sustaining that elbow injury against the Nets, Davis has failed to post a field goal percentage north of 40%. If he’s finally healthy, it’ll show in the stats.
For more on tonight’s matchup, please have a gander at Trevor’s preview.
What: New Orleans Pelicans vs Chicago Bulls
Where: Smoothie King Center
When: Saturday, November 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Central
How: FSNO, 99.5 FM WRNO