NOP vs ORL Dream11: Golden State Warriors may be lying at the foot of the table in the Western Conference, but on current form, New Orleans Pelicans are the worst team in the entire NBA. They have lost the last 11 games coming into their home tilt against Orlando Magic and will be the clear underdogs when the tip-off begins at Smoothie King Center.
Form and recent results:
As mentioned above, the Pelicans have lost the last 11 games. They are 4-9 in home matches and 2-11 on the road. But as they say, there is always a cause for optimism no matter how dark things seem, and for the Pelicans, it's their record against the teams from the same conference, as five of their six wins have come against Western Conference rivals.
Orlando Magic, meanwhile, know this game offers a good opportunity to snap their own three-game skid. That said, they have made a good start to the season, better than expectations, as they sit 8th in the Eastern Conference with an 11-14 record heading into this game.
Fantasy Basketball – Head-to-head:
Total Games: 65
New Orleans Pelicans: 31
Orlando Magic: 34
Host: New Orleans Pelicans
Visitors: Orlando Magic
Match Timing: December 16, @02:00 AM
Venue: Smoothie King Center
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Brandon Ingram: The former Los Angeles Lakers star is the leader of Pelicans’ pack. He will be the biggest threat for the Mavericks in this game.
Points Per Game: 25.2
Rebounds Per Game: 7.2
Assists Per Game: 4.1
Steals Per Game: 0.8
Blocks Per Game: 1.0
Jrue Holiday: The second-highest scorer in the team, but offers more value and points due to his two-way expertise.
Points Per Game: 19.5
Rebounds Per Game: 5.1
Assists Per Game: 6.9
Steals Per Game: 2.1
Blocks Per Game: 0.8
Evan Fournier: He is averaging 19.2 points per game this season. Can be deadly on any day, and can outscore any opponent.
Points Per Game: 19.2
Rebounds Per Game: 3.0
Assists Per Game: 3.3
Steals Per Game: 1.1
Blocks Per Game: 0.2
New Orleans Pelicans Team News:
Status out: Zion Williams remains out due to a knee injury. He won't feature here and neither Darius Miller as he is recovering from an Achilles Tendon injury.
Status questionable: None.
New Orleans Pelicans squad: Brandon Ingram, Frank Jackson, Nicolo Melli, Darius Miller, E’Twaun Moore, Jahlil Okafor, JJ Redick, Kenrich Williams, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Lonzo Ball, Josh Gray, Derrick Favors, Jrue Holiday
Orlando Magic Team news:
Status out: Al-Farouq Aminu will miss the match for the visitors due to a knee injury.
Status questionable: Nikola Vucevic missed the last game due to an ankle injury and remains doubtful.
Orlando Magic squad: D.J. Augustin, Mo Bamba, Khem Birch, Isaiah Briscoe, Evan Fournier, Melvin Frazier, Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Wesley Iwundu, Terrence Ross
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New Orleans Pelicans:
PF: Brandon Ingram
SF: Jrue Holiday
C: Jaxson Hayes
PG: Lonzo Ball
SG: JJ Redick
PF: Jonathan Isaac
SF: Aaron Gordon
C: Khem Birch
PG: Evan Fournier
SG: Markelle Fultz
New Orleans Pelicans: Kenrich Williams, Nicolo Melli, Josh Hart, Frank Jackson, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, E’Twaun Moore
Orlando Magic: Terrence Ross, D. J. Augustin, Mohamed Bamba, Wes Iwundu, Melvin Frazier