2019-20 NBA – New Orleans Pelicans @ Oklahoma City Thunder Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is New Orleans Pelicans @ Oklahoma City Thunder taking place? Saturday 2nd November – 21:00 (UK)

Where is New Orleans Pelicans @ Oklahoma City Thunder taking place? Chesapeake Energy Arena

What television channel is New Orleans Pelicans @ Oklahoma City Thunder on? Fox Sports (USA), Sky Sports (UK)

Where can I stream New Orleans Pelicans @ Oklahoma City Thunder? All NBA games are streamed on NBA League Pass (subscription required), Fox Sports GO

Where can I get tickets for New Orleans Pelicans @ Oklahoma City Thunder? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? New Orleans Pelicans 131 – 122 Oklahoma City Thunder

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

  • The Pelicans have started the season with a 1-4 record but they have been one of the most entertaining teams to watch due to their high tempo and overall intensity. They began the year with four straight defeats but are coming off a 122-107 win over the Denver Nuggets the last time out.
  • Star rookie Zion Williamson remains sidelined due to a meniscus injury, while Darius Miller will be out for most of the regular season due to an Achilles problem. Derrick Favors will be a game-time decision due to a knee problem.
  • Brandon Ingram will be New Orleans’ player to watch here. The former Los Angeles Lakers prospect has started the season strongly and has scored at least 22 points in every single game so far. The fourth-year small forward averages 26.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game so far.

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

  • The Thunder also started the season with a 1-4 mark although their win came sandwiched right between two losses each time. They are currently on a two-game losing run after Wednesday’s 102-99 defeat against the Portland Trail Blazers. Their offense could use some work since they have scored over 100 points just twice.
  • Andre Roberson and Steven Adams are both questionable entering this match – both are dealing with knee injuries. Needless to say, the Thunder defence would be seriously weakened without them on the floor.
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been the Thunder’s best player, scoring at least 19 points in four of five starts so far. The second-year point guard has averages of 21.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while playing alongside Chris Paul in Oklahoma City’s backcourt.

THE PREDICTION

Despite the fact that both teams have the same 1-4 record, it is undeniable the Pelicans have looked better overall. This game could easily be a high-scoring matchup and if that is the case, then New Orleans would have the edge due to their intensity and higher tempo. Expect the Pelicans to win here.

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