New Orleans Pelicans vs Golden State Warriors 11/5/21: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors Matchup Preview (11/5/21)
A matchup between one of the best and worst teams will be a headliner on Friday, November 5. The New Orleans Pelicans (1-8) will take on the Golden State Warriors (6-1) in San Francisco at the Chase Center. The Pels have the worst record in the NBA through nine games; they are currently missing their two best players, Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram. Ingram will likely be back sooner rather than later, but his status for Friday’s game is unknown when this article was written. On the other hand, Williamson will probably be out at least two to three weeks at a minimum. I would target him being back just before Christmas time, though.
The New Orleans Pelicans have very little possibility of winning this game on the road, but if they came together and played like the first quarter of their game against the Suns for the whole game, then they would have a shot. However, that would require a much higher field goal percentage than 39.6%, which they finished with. Valanciunas would also need to put together a 20-20 game with many offensive rebounds and second-chance points.
Golden State should have a fairly straightforward route to winning this basketball game: defense. If the Warriors lockdown on an already weak Pelicans offense, this will not be much of a game. Additionally, the Warriors need to get another solid game from Jordan Poole, thus taking away the stress from Steph Curry. Curry is constantly relied upon for big games in that offense, especially with Thompson and Wiseman out, so Poole continuing to step up would be huge.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds
Despite a 1-8 record, the Pelicans are 4-5 against the spread. Currently, they are one of the worst teams in the NBA, especially considering they may not have Brandon Ingram again, so the line will be very wide. Still, I love Golden State in this one. The Warriors are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, and I’m not quite sure how New Orleans will score 100 points in this game. As a matter of fact, in the past two home games for the Warriors, they have held the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Charlotte Hornets to 82 and 92 points, respectively. Expect the Pels to put up 90-95 points and the Warriors to eclipse 110 with ease.
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Time: 10:00 PM ET
Arena: Chase Center – San Francisco, CA
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New Orleans Pelicans Starting Lineup
New Orleans Pelicans Analysis
Things could not be going much worse for the New Orleans Pelicans. They are 1-8, and there is no set timetable for Zion Williams to return still. Additionally, Brandon Ingram suffered a seemingly minor injury, but New Orleans will likely give him even more time off, to be careful. The Pelicans rank in the bottom-five in points per game, eFG% (effective field goal percentage), opponent points per game, defensive efficiency, opponent eFG%, and opponent 3P%. This year, New Orleans will win some games, even without Zion and Ingram; however, this should not be one of them. The Warriors are far superior in every way, and the Pels’ defense is so horrific that Steph Curry may have a career day.
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
Golden State Warriors Analysis
Golden State could not have asked for a better start to the 2021-22 season. The Warriors are incredibly efficient on both ends of the floor. They are especially clicking offensively, as they rank second in eFG% (effective field goal percentage) and fourth in 3P% (three-point percentage). Perhaps one of the big surprises of this Warriors team was the emergence of Jordan Poole, who puts up 16.4 points per game. While he certainly does not replace Klay Thompson, seeing another guard step up offensively is very promising. Poole has alleviated a lot of pressure from Steph Curry, especially in the Warriors’ last game against the Charlotte Hornets, when he scored 31 points. I believe this is Poole’s “coming out” game, and he should find himself scoring around 20 points much more regularly. It is frightening to consider that James Wiseman and Klay Thompson have still not played a game for Golden State this season.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors Daily Fantasy Picks
Jordan Poole had an explosive breakout game against the Charlotte Hornets with 31 points on 11-for-21 from the field. Poole took a ton of pressure off Steph Curry, who is often relied upon to provide offense through scoring. Whether Warriors fans or bettors, many people have hoped Poole would take that next step in his game, especially since the team will be without Klay Thompson a bit longer; he seems to have done that. Poole and the rest of the Warriors will face a team equally as bad as the Hornets on defense in the New Orleans Pelicans. I would expect another 20+ point night from Poole fairly easily, and if he throws a few rebounds, assists, and steals in there, that is a bonus.
There have not been many positives for the New Orleans Pelicans through their first nine games of the NBA season. Zion Williamson has been out with injury, and now Brandon Ingram also suffered an injury that will further set back the Pels. The brightest light for this team has been Jonas Valanciunas, who averages 19.2 points, 14.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. Valanciunas has also had some monster games, like his game against the Timberwolves, where he had 22 points and 23 rebounds. I would expect another massive game for Valanciunas, especially considering the Pels are down several players and will have to rely on him in the post to score. Golden State’s perimeter defense is too good for the Pels to score on consistently.