Perhaps just as concerning, the Magic have given the Pelicans a slew of problems for more than the last five years despite the fact that Orlando hasn’t been in the playoffs since the 2011-12 season. That’s right, their postseason drought has lasted longer than Anthony Davis has been in New Orleans.
Since a matchup on March 4, 2013, the Pelicans have lost seven of eleven to the Magic. For the optimists, it’s worth mentioning that New Orleans has taken two of the last three contests from Orlando.
Speaking of the superstar who is mostly out the door, Davis will play tonight and start alongside Jahlil Okafor who makes his return. Elfrid Payton will be held out but is making slow and steady progress and should return soon, likely after the All-Star break. E’Twaun Moore will also earn his first start in two weeks, forcing both Frank Jackson and Darius Miller to the bench.
Pelicans’ starters: Jrue - Moore - Williams - AD - Okafor
Magic starters: Augustin - Fournier - Isaac - Gordon - Vucevic
For more on tonight’s matchup, please give Preston’s preview a read, and make some time for David’s piece on Gentry’s tenure in New Orleans and Chris’ “Oh it feels so good that Jayson Tatum winked in direction of the Pelicans” article!
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Where To Watch
What: New Orleans Pelicans (25-32) vs Orlando Magic (25-32)
Where: Smoothie King Center
When: Tuesday, February 12th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Central
How: FSNO, 99.5 FM WRNO