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Game thread: If previous Pelicans-Clippers matchups any indication, Jonas Valanciunas in line for monster night

The New Orleans center has destroyed L.A. in previous two matchups!

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The New Orleans Pelicans will look to keep the good times rolling against the Los Angeles Clippers, attempting to score a fifth consecutive victory over Ty Lue’s squad this Thursday evening.

In their last matchup, Jonas Valanciunas posted career highs in points (39) and made 3-pointers (seven) to lead the Pelicans to a dominant 123-104 win.

L.A. beat writers haven’t forgotten. At the end of tonight’s pregame session, one media member from their contingent (Law Murray of The Athletic, I believe) asked Willie Green whether Valanciunas saves his deep perimeter shooting for the Clippers., noting Jonas didn’t attempt a single three against the Timberwolves. Not shockingly, everyone had a good laugh.

But honestly, there may be something to Valanciunas finding an extra gear against the Clippers while wearing a New Orleans uniform. In the season’s first matchup, Jonas dropped a line of 26 points, 13 rebounds and five 3s.

Can’t wait to see what he’s got in store for tonight.

For more on this matchup, please give our preview a read.

Who: New Orleans Pelicans (15-26) vs Los Angeles Clippers (21-21)

When: January 13, 2022, 7:00 pm

Where to watch: Bally Sports New Orleans, NBA League Pass

Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM

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