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Game Thread: Pelicans’ offense and defense sit on opposite ends of spectrum ahead of matchup with Celtics

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Will Zion Williamson be smiling after today’s contest? It probable depends on if the team’s defense remotely shows up.

NBA: Boston Celtics at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into today’s matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans and Boston Celtics, there’s both good and bad news regarding the state of play during this disappointing 1-5 stretch.

Over their last six games, the Pelicans are averaging 123.3 points — 2nd in the league over this period, 27.8 assists (5th) and 13.0 turnovers (10th). They’re shooting really well from the field as evidenced by a 51.6 FG% (3rd) and a 40.0 3PT% (7th).

On the flip side of a 125.4 offensive rating (2nd), sits in incomprehensibly bad defense (130.1 defensive rating). The Pelicans are giving up 127.7 points (2nd worst) on league worst shooting percentages (54.5 FG%, 50.4 3PT%). Inside those numbers, opponents are finding success both at the rim (72.9 FG% — 4th worst) and from the corner three (56.7 3PT% — league worst) and above the break three locations (48.3 3PT% — 2nd worst).

The offense has been stellar, the defense has resembled the widest of sieves. Let’s change that tune, please?

For more information on today’s matchup, please give Jamile’s preview a read.

Who: New Orleans Pelicans (12-17) vs Boston Celtics (15-14)

When: February 21, 2:30 p.m. Central

Where to watch: ABC

Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM

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