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Game 24: Jahlil Okafor to start, Jaxson Hayes and Lonzo Ball move to bench as Pelicans try to counter size of Andre Drummond and Pistons

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Drummond and Blake Griffin are as brutish of a frontcourt as you’ll find in the NBA so the rationale makes sense.

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The New Orleans Pelicans are electing to super size their lineup tonight as they battle the Detroit Pistons.

Per Alvin Gentry just moments ago, Derrick Favors, who was away from the team for personal reasons following the death of his mother, is back in the building but will not play. Instead, Jahlil Okafor will draw the start and be flanked by Kenrich Williams and Brandon Ingram to combat the tandem of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond.

In response to the added length of the starting lineup, Lonzo Ball will move back to the bench. Jaxson Hayes will also join the group of reserves.

For more on tonight’s matchup — ie a solid rant on why JJ Redick, Jrue Holiday and the rest of the Pelicans must atone for the sad, sad loss witnessed in Dallas a few days ago, please give Zach’s preview a read.

Also, be sure to catch our latest roundtable featuring thoughts on the Pelicans most disappointing player.

Geaux Pels!

Where To Watch/Listen

What: New Orleans Pelicans (6-17) vs Detroit Pistons (9-14)

Where: Smoothie King Center

When: Monday, December 9th, 2019 7:00 PM CST

How: Fox Sports New Orleans, Fox Sports Detroit