Before last year’s matchup in Brooklyn, the New Orleans Pelicans were floundering a bit with a 28-26 record. They had lost five of six games after losing DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending Achilles tear and were not expected to make the playoffs. Simply put, nearly everyone had written the team off.
But then came a simple contest against the Nets, and after posting a double overtime 138-128 victory, the Pelicans went on a ten-game winning streak and finished the regular season with a 20-8 record.
Could something similar happen again?
Just as last year’s team got a shot in the arm following a trade for Nikola Mirotic, New Orleans got Elfrid Payton back in their last game, a 123-114 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Pelicans improved to 6-1 when the’ve had their starting point guard in the rotation. If he finds a way to stay on the court for the rest of the season, that should boost New Orleans odds immensely of finding the playoffs once more.
For more on today’s matchup with the Nets, please read Preston’s preview here!
Where To Watch
What: New Orleans Pelicans (17-21) at Brooklyn Nets (17-21)
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
When: Wednesday, January 2, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Central
How: FSNO, 99.5 FM WRNO