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Game Thread: Last scrimmage before the real thing for Pelicans as they battle Bucks

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Brandon Ingram vs Giannis Antetokounmpo!

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The New Orleans Pelicans will appear in their final scrimmage in the next hour as they face the Milwaukee Bucks in a battle of the exhibition undefeated.

While two perfect 7-0 records dating back to the preseason will be on the line, I’ll personally be glued to watching the meaningful action — there should be plenty — because it should give us a good read on how ready the Pelicans are for the regular season seeding games beginning on Thursday. The games against the Nets and Nuggets were a joke considering the rosters those teams were forced to utilize, but there will be no such issue tonight.

The Milwaukee Bucks posted the best record in the regular season prior to the coronavirus shutdown, and they seemingly have not lost a step more than four months later. A few days ago, they beat up on the Sacramento Kings as Giannis Antetokounmpo and the rest of their regulars built a 23-point lead in the 2nd quarter and scored 80 points total in the first half.

Milwaukee’s roster from top to bottom is filled with good players of varying degrees so it’ll be interesting to watch the fight New Orleans is able to muster without Zion Williamson. Will anyone or certain lineups shine?

There’s an expectation the Pelicans regular rotation will receive the vast majority of minutes and the starters will get significant run.

“I think you’ll see most of the starters play somewhere between 24-29 [minutes] – 30-minutes,” Alvin Gentry said in pregame. “I think 30 [minutes] would be pushing it, but they’re going to get into the twenties for sure.”

It’s the last one before the real games begin, but the basketball competition should be good and we get Joel Meyers, Antonio Daniels and Jen Hale back in our lives!

For more on tonight’s scrimmage, please give Preston’s preview a read.

Who: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Milwaukee Bucks

When: 8:00 PM ET

Where to watch: Pelicans.com, NBA League Pass, FSNO

Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM

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