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Game 17: New Orleans Pelicans face long odds of beating Los Angeles Clippers for second time this month

Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram and the rest of the team are going to have to step up big to give themselves a chance to fetch the win.

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If you thought the November 24th matchup against the Clippers looked daunting when the schedule was first released, it must look infinitely scarier now.

The New Orleans Pelicans, who are still missing key pieces in Derrick Favors, Josh Hart and Zion Williamson, are on the second night of a back-to-back after playing in the difficult Utah confines against the Jazz on Saturday night. The Clippers, meanwhile, have enjoyed 10 straight days in Los Angeles and won all four games on the home stand. They are practically at full strength (missing only Landry Shamet) with superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George leading the charge. The Pelicans have thus far compiled a 2-6 away record while the Clippers are a sparkling 10-1 at home.

If you’re looking for any glimmer of hope, here’s a shot in the dark: Leonard has struggled with his shot some this month, averaging 22.7 points on 38.3 percent shooting from the field and 24.4 percent from three-point range. Back in October, he averaged 29.2 points on a 50.5 FG% and 39.1% 3PT%.

Either way, we can probably expect Brandon Ingram to match the production of either George or Leonard. If Jrue Holiday tosses in a similar performance as well, then things could potentially get interesting tonight.

For more on this matchup, please give Preston’s preview a read.

Geaux Pels!

Where To Watch/Listen

What: New Orleans Pelicans (6-10) at Los Angeles Clippers (11-5)

Where: Staples Center

When: Sunday, November 24, 2019 8:00 PM CDT.