Game On: Warriors @ Pelicans

Published: December 14, 2014

The Pelicans host the Golden State Warriors tonight at 5 CT.  It is the 2nd meeting between the two this year, with the first ending in a 112-85 thumping of New Orleans.  The Warriors (20-2) are off to one of the best starts to a season in NBA history, currently on a 15-game win streak, torching the league with one of the best offenses backed up by arguably the NBA’s best defense.  It doesn’t get any easier for the Pels as unfortunately they will be without MVP candidate Anthony Davis, who is day to day after suffering a chest contusion Friday against Cleveland.

But there is good news for the Pels.  Golden State will be without defensive anchor Andrew Bogut, which should make getting to the rim that much easier for Tyreke Evans and Co.  The Pels come in off a signature win over Lebron James’ Cavaliers.  Evans and Ryan Anderson combined for 61 point to help make up for the absence of Davis, who only played the first 7 minutes of the game.  In fact, the Pels have had 4 different 30pt scorers in the last two games.  They will need to keep up that production if they want to have a chance against GSW.

Some keys to the game:

  • Take advantage of a thiner than normal GS front court.
    • Attack the Rim.  With Andrew Bogut, as well as David Lee, out for the game, Golden State’s front court looks thin.  The Pels’ guards will need to be aggressive to open up the floor for Anderson, who needs all the help he can get as GS  is holding opponents to 30% from 3.
      • Ryan Anderson has not been at his best this season, shooting a career low from 3, but he is coming off an 8-14 from deep performance.  Hopefully Anderson has turned a corner because the Pels will need his shooting to keep up with Golden State’s 3pt threats.
    • Attack the Offensive Boards. The Pelicans are a great offensive rebounding team and GS is missing its best rebounder, enough said.
  • Omer Asik.  With Davis out can he pick up a little bit of production on the offensive end?
  • No Defensive Break Downs.  Dont make defending the splash bros harder than it already is.

Enjoy the Game!


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