Two teams trying to get to .500 as the New Orleans Pelicans visit the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.
Ryan Anderson leads the Pelicans in scoring with almost 20 a game. Anthony Davis leads them in blocks and rebounds with 3.2 and 10.5 a game. Jrue Holiday leads the Pelicans in assists and steals with 8 and 1.6 a game.
Monty Williams’ squad allows the 25th most points in the league at 102. Rim protector Davis doesn’t solve all their problems, it seems.
Likely starters for the Pelicans:
PG Jrue Holiday
Eric Gordon Anthony Morrow
SF Al-Farouq Aminu
PF Ryan Anderson
C Anthony Davis
Tyreke Evans is coming off a game winner against the Portland Trail Blazers and has been getting it done the last five games with averages of 20 points, 8 assists, five rebounds and almost two steals a game. ‘Reke’s role changed when he came to New Orleans this last summer, from premiere guard (and some might say, ball hog) in Sacramento to do-it-all 6th man off the bench.
Eric Gordon is (surprise, surprise) injured, out the last three games with a bruised hip. The Pelicans say he will try and give it a go tonight, but expect him to be limited if he does play.
Likely starters for the Wolves:
PG Ricky Rubio
SG Kevin Martin
SF Corey Brewer
PF Kevin Love
C Nikola Pekovic
The lackluster effort the Wolves gave in the first two quarters of their 100-98 loss to Dallas on Saturday should be a lesson the Wolves are familiar with by now. Though Minnesota has enough offensive firepower to dig out of such a large hole, digging 20+ point deficits just to prove they can climb out of them shouldn’t be a thing they have to do.
Whatever, I know nobody plans on procrastinating, but it’s tough to justify the lack of urgency the starters can exhibit when they know their bench is lost at sea.