After winding up on the short end of a 98-94 affair to the Detroit Pistons Wednesday evening, Alvin Gentry is left scrambling for healthy and positive contributors against a team that has won three straight and sits third in the Western Conference standings.
Jrue Holiday will step up and we can expect Julius Randle and Jahlil Okafor to have an impact down low, but where else will the points come from?
Elfrid Payton has been in a funk of late (6.6 points, 36.8 FG%) and Darius Miller (6.4 points, 35.7 FG%) hasn’t shot the ball any better than the Pelicans starting point guard over the last five games. As for the rest of the group, only Frank Jackson has seen action in each of the last five games.
Can New Orleans get a surprise performance out of Tim Frazier, Ian Clark, Solomon Hill and/or Cheick Diallo?
The answer is hopefully; otherwise, it’s difficult to see the Pelicans scoring enough to keep up with Russell Westbrook, Paul George and company.
For more on this matchup, please read Chris Conner’s Outsider’s Perspective!
Where To Watch
What: New Orleans Pelicans (22-26) at Oklahoma City Thunder (29-)
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, OKC, OK
When: Thursday January 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Central
How: FSNO, 99.5 FM WRNO