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Game 34: Pelicans look to their old Buddy for helping hand amidst a three-game slide

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New Orleans Pelicans tangle with Buddy Hield and the Sacramento Kings!

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The losing has to stop, and it has to stop now against the breakout backcourt of De’Aaron Fox and our good old friend, Buddy Hield.

Amidst a three-game skid, it’s too early to call this a ‘must-win’ but it’s about as close as it gets as the Pels have lost 11 of 16 and sit just half a game from 14th in the Western Conference standings. The Pelicans will once again be without Nikola Mirotic and Elfrid Payton, and E’Twaun Moore has been a shell of himself as of late.

Meanwhile, the Kings have one of the better young backcourts in the league, headlined by Fox and Hield. Can the Pelicans slow them down and stop the bleeding?

Where To Watch

What: New Orleans Pelicans (15-18) at Sacramento Kings (17-15)

Where: Golden One Center

When: Sunday, December 23, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Central

How: FSNO, 99.5 FM WRNO

New Orleans Sacramento
Pace: 102.7 (4th) Pace: 103.8 (2nd)
ORtg: 113.2 (7th) ORtg: 110.7 (15th)
DRtg: 112.2 (22nd) DRtg: 112.1 (21st)
Projected Starters:
New Orleans Sacramento
PG - Tim Frazier PG - De'Aaron Fox
SG - Jrue Holiday SG - Buddy Hield
SF - Solomon Hill F - Iman Shumpert
F - Julius Randle PF - Willie Cauley-Stein
C - Anthony Davis C - Kostos Koufos

For perspective from the other side, please visit the game preview from our friends at Sactown Royalty!

Check out our site’s preview of this afternoon’s Pelicans vs Kings, penned by Oleh Kosel here.

Leave your pregame and in-game comments below!

Let’s geaux, Pels!

Poll

Can Pels stop the skid?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Nope. Blow it up!
    (68 votes)
  • 10%
    Buddy is going to run into a brick wall named Jrue!
    (10 votes)
  • 1%
    Nail-biter, but Pels win!
    (1 vote)
  • 13%
    Who cares? The Saints are on!
    (12 votes)
91 votes total Vote Now