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Game Thread: Lonzo Ball returns to Pelicans’ starting lineup for matchup against Jazz

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SVG rolling with the usual gang who have performed well as a unit

New Orleans Pelicans v Sacramento Kings Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

After missing the last three games due to bilateral knee tendinopathy, Lonzo Ball will return to the starting lineup, but he’ll be on a minutes restriction.

Stan Van Gundy has elected to go with the typical starting lineup (Ball, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson and Steven Adams) which tip-offed the first nine games of the season together.

This decision is far from a surprise as this five-man unit has performed well during their minutes together thus far on the season.

For those wishing the youth movement begins in earnest, unfortunately this means that Nickeil Alexander-Walker will move back to the bench after starting the last three games.

For more on tonight’s matchup, please give Travis’ preview a read.

Geaux Pels!

Who: New Orleans Pelicans (5-7) at Utah Jazz (9-4)

When: January 19, 8:00 p.m. Central

Where to watch: FSNO, NBA TV

Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM

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