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.
Who: New Orleans Pelicans (2-0) at Cleveland Cavaliers (1-1)
When: August 13, 5:00 p.m. Central
Where to watch: NBA TV