NOP vs POR Dream11: A lot was expected from both New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers when the 2019-20 season started. So far, it has been anything but doing justice to the hopes and expectations the fans of each faction put on their teams.
However in Pelicans’ case. it’s understandable that they find themselves in a period of stasis, for not only they lost superstar Anthony Davis to Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason, but also started the season without their no-1 draft pick Zion Williamson. Now they are inconsistent and suffer occasional hiccups against the teams they could have easily got over had Willimaosn been available for a full stretch.
But it’s unfathomable why Portland Trail Blazers are in this situation. NBA pundits, the fans and the statisticians will all come up with special things to highlight the real problem, but we are talking about a team that maintained most of its roster which made to the Western Conference finals last season. The Blazers have to buckle-up sooner than later, or they could find themselves in the playoffs chasing pack.
New Orleans Pelicans improved its record after a 108-100 win over the Golden State Warriors in the last game. It was Pelicans’ 3rd win in the last six-game.
Portland suffered from yet from off day as they went down against Houston Rockets 132-108 at Toyota Center. The Blazers are 5-9 in the season now.
It will be the 59th meeting between these two Western Conference teams in the regular season. The Blazers lead the matchup with 33 wins, while Pelicans have 25 victories in those games. However, Portland have won the last four games against the Pelicans.
Host: New Orleans Pelicans
Visitors: Portland Trail Blazers
Match Timing: November 20, @06:30 AM
Venue: Smoothie King Center
Damian Lillard: It’s not his fault that the Blazers are enduring through the season, for he has done more than his bit in the early going. The 29-year-old is averaging 29.8 points per game this season, the 6th best record in the league. He is also racking up a team-high 6.8 assists per game this season.
Brandon Ingram: Though he is questionable for this game, he is worth mentioning. The former Los Angeles Lakers star is leading the charge for the Pelicans this season with 25.9 points per game this season.
CJ McCollum: Still not at the level he performed right thought out the last season, but the last two games could use an indicator that he may be returning to his top form. His average for the season is 21.0 points per game.
Jrue Holiday: If Ingram is not fit to face the Blazers, expect him to be the main man for the Pelicans. He has scored points at 17.2 per game so far.
Hassan Whiteside: He guarantees points. Include him in your Dream11 teams.
New Orleans Pelicans:
Pelicans could rival the Dubs for the injury list these days. Two players are certainly out, while seven players are on the questionable list and will be evaluated before the game.
Amongst the sure-shot absentees, Darius Miller (Achilles Tendon Injury) and Zion Williamson (knee injury) are both out of this game.
In addition, Lonzo Ball (groin), Derrick favors (back), Josh Hart (leg), Brandon Ingram (knee), Frank Jackson (neck) and Jahlil Okafor (ankle) all will be evaluated before the match.
Portland Trail Blazers team news:
For the Trail Blazers, Zach Collins is out with a long-term injury as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury. Paul Gasol (foot) and Jusuf Nurkic (leg) will be missing the game.
Carmelo Anthony could join the squad here, having signed with the franchise a few days ago.
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New Orleans Pelicans:
PF: Kenrich Williams
SF: E’Twaun Moore
C: Jaxson Hayes
PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: JJ Redick
Portland Trail Blazers:
PF: Rodney Hood
SF: Nassir Little
C: Hassan Whiteside
PG: CJ McCollum
SG: Damian Lillard
New Orleans Pelicans: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Nicolo Melli, Josh Gray, Zylan Cheatham
Portland Trail Blazers: Anfernee Simons, Kent Bazemore, Skal Labissiere, Mario Hezonja, Anthony Tolliver, Gary Trent Jr., Carmelo Anthony
It’s hard to see which team has the momentum ahead of this game, but the Pelicans must be given a slight edge as a host.