New Orleans Pelicans Preview
The New Orleans Pelicans need to turn the page following an emotionally charged visit from a former franchise star and focus on ending a three-game losing skid on Friday. They fell to 4-7 in contests that were within five points at one stretch during the last five minutes of regulation.
“I feel like we will get used to closing games,” Jrue Holiday told the New Orleans Times-Picayune after the Pelicans dropped a 114-110 setback to Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. “I’m glad we were put in this position. The best team in the West, and it came down to the last 30 seconds.” Holiday had 29 points and a season-high 12 assists in that contest, but he made just one of his six shots in the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma City Thunder Preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder will play their second home-and-home series in a six-game stretch when they open their set against visiting New Orleans on Friday. The previous series didn’t go so well for the Thunder, who dropped both ends to the Los Angeles Lakers, a 112-107 road loss on Nov. 19 and a 130-127 home setback on Nov. 22.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points in the latter showing before combining for just 23 in the next two games as the Thunder fell to 2-6 in their last eight contests. The 21-year-old Canadian fared significantly better in the previous encounter against the Pelicans, finishing with 23 and eight rebounds as Oklahoma City posted a 115-104 home victory on Nov. 2.