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Game Thread: Pelicans aim to stay unbeaten in summer league play against Evan Mobley and Cavaliers

Should be another fun one tonight!

2021 Las Vegas Summer League - Oklahoma City Thunder v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

The New Orleans Pelicans are developing a distinct habit of playing well in the summer league, and they’ll look to continue their streak of strong performances against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight.

Two years ago, the team posted a 4-2 record in Las Vegas, led by the Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s fantastic all-around contributions and Jaxson Hayes’ high-flying theatrics.

Through a couple of contests this week, New Orleans sits 2-0, with the second-best +/- team differential after a 17-point win over the Bulls and 15-point finishing advantage over the Thunder.

Naji Marshall (18 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals) and Trey Murphy III (18 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 threes, 1.5 steals) have carried the Pels the most thus far, but they should be tested by Evan Mobley (13 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks) and Isaac Okoro (16 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists) Friday night.

Mobley, the third overall pick in the 2021 draft, and Okoro, the fifth selection from the 2020 edition, are viewed as part of Cleveland’s promising young core, along with Darius Garland and Collin Sexton.

The Cavaliers lost 84-76 to Jalen Green and the Houston Rockets in their SL opener, but beat Jalen Suggs’ Orlando Magic 94-84 a few nights ago.

Who: New Orleans Pelicans (2-0) at Cleveland Cavaliers (1-1)

When: August 13, 5:00 p.m. Central

Where to watch: NBA TV

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