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Game thread: Pelicans skeleton crew to face Embiid’s 76ers

Only nine players are available tonight for New Orleans

NBA: Indiana Pacers at New Orleans Pelicans Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans will be without four of their five usual starters in tonight’s matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers ... and I’m good with it.

As I wrote in the preview, this game was supposed to have been played on December 19, but due to the Sixers inability to meet the eight healthy bodies quota, the matchup was postponed — much to the detriment of the Pelicans.

Thus, Willie Green is electing to roll with Jose Alvarado, Garrett Temple, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Herb Jones and Willy Hernangomez at tip-off, with Tomas Satoransky, Naji Marshall, Gary Clark and Jaxson Hayes coming off the bench.

Obviously, there’s no expectations for a victory, but with how this roster has responded to the new head coach throughout the season, we can anticipate that all the guys who take the floor will put their best foot forward.

Who: New Orleans Pelicans (17-28) at Philadelphia Sixers (27-19)

When: January 25, 2022, 6:00 p.m.

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

Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM

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