New Orleans Pelicans Preview
With their recent momentum now stagnant, the New Orleans Pelicans will look to pick up steam again with a road game Friday against the New York Knicks. After winning four consecutive games and five of six, the Pelicans are now 2-2 in a stretch that included two home games. They will enter Friday’s contest coming off a 123-108 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Brandon Ingram scored a team-best 29 points and has averaged 25.3 on the season with 6.9 rebounds. Ingram added 11 assists Wednesday and was two rebounds short of his first career triple-double. Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday has missed the last two games with a bruised left elbow.
New York Knicks Preview
A winless four-game road trip has the New York Knicks happy to get home, where they will face the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. The Knicks won three consecutive games before the losing skid on a trip out west, although they did score 132 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. The Knicks are now 6-10 under interim head coach Mike Miller.
Neither Marcus Morris (neck) nor Julius Randle (personal) played in Wednesday’s 128-104 loss at the Utah Jazz. Bobby Portis had 13 rebounds against the Jazz, but in consecutive games, he was fined for a flagrant 2 foul against the Los Angeles Lakers and called for a flagrant 1 against Utah.