NBA: New Orleans Pelicans travel to Oracle Arena to face Golden State Warriors
The New Orleans Pelicans travel to Oakland hoping their superstar Anthony Davis will be fit to face the red-hot Golden State Warriors, live on Sky Sports.
New Orleans (4-2) reeled off four straight wins to open the season with Davis flashing early season MVP credentials only to have his momentum stopped by an elbow injury. The Pelicans have lost both games that Davis has missed.
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The Warriors (7-1) have opened the defence of their NBA title in superlative fashion, losing just one of their eight games to date.
Kevin Durant produced a 25-point fourth quarter explosion to turn a tight game against the Knicks into a 28-point blowout. Stephen Curry dropped 52 points on the Washington Wizards in just three quarters as the Warriors romped to a big win in the capital.
In their last game, the Warriors racked up 92 points by half-time on the way to a 149-124 thrashing of the Chicago Bulls.
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The key battle – Klay Thompson v Jrue Holiday. Warriors’ Thompson is in some form – last time out, he broke the record for the most three-pointers in a game (14) previously held by his fellow Splash Brother, Steph Curry. Pelicans’ Holiday will have a job on his hands to outshine either Thompson or Curry.
Last time out
Numbers game – 26. The minutes Thompson needed to accrue 52 points against the Chicago Bulls, with 14 three-pointers. He finished 14 from 24 efforts.
One to watch (Warriors) – Thompson and Curry inevitably take the headlines but Kevin Durant has more than played his part in the NBA champions’ 7-1 start.
One to watch (Pelicans) – Anthony Davis. No surprise here, but the stats make for grim reading for New Orleans fans. Their star player Davis took them to a 4-0 start, but they have lost their most recent two games in his absence. Davis is nursing an elbow complaint and the Pelicans’ hopes may rest on his availability.
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