Last Updated on Jan 20, 2022 10:59 AM
|Match Date & Time:||2022-01-14 06:30 AM (IST) |
2022-01-14 01:00 AM (GMT)
NBA 2021-22 will see New Orleans Pelicans facing off against LAC on Friday, 14 January 2022 at 06:30 AM IST
What I like about Pelicans is that their players have improved over the season and the team has discovered spark from players other than Ingram and Valanciunas.
While Ingram is the undisputed scoring ace for the team and can put up 20 or more on a regular basis.
Valanciunas helps seize the boards and also help out scoring-wise while Devonte Graham is a decent perimeter option.
But the spark has come from rookie Herbert Jones and Josh Hart, both increasing their scoring and Hart as a hustle all-around player.
The bench is not that effective but Nickeil Alexander-Walker has been having a decent scoring season.
Will the Pelicans make some moves before the trade deadline expires or will they develop the current core and hope that it serves well once Zion returns.
New Orleans has some versatile players and if they improve their defense, they can become a decent 50% win team down the line even without Zion.
Clippers have won the last two after having lost three in a row earlier, but those losses are not surprising but the last win against Nuggets was certainly a pleasant surprise for the LA Clippers.
The team has an experienced squad with Morris, Bledsoe, Jackson, Batum, and Ibaka have been around for around a decade now.
While Jackson hasn’t been shooting well, he has been crucial for the team to attract opposing perimeter defenses, meanwhile, Morris has filled up the scoring column regularly, while Bledsoe has been doing well in whatever minutes he gets.
Batum is more of a defensive threat and Ibaka gives decent production. Amir Coffey has scored 15+ in two straight games for the team that desperately needs such production.
On the other hand, Terance Mann has the potential to expand his scoring range while Zubac and Boston jr. can fill up 8 or so regularly.
The Clippers have somehow kept a 50% win record thanks to their experience and ability to recover from bad nights.