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The New Orleans Pelicans will look to bounce again with a win on the second evening of their back-to-back, however that seems a tough proposition in opposition to the Brooklyn Nets.
The Pels misplaced decisively 107-123 to the Atlanta Hawks, their third defeat in fourth video games. Getting again within the win column is crucial for the Pelicans, who’re at present only one and a half video games behind making the play-in match. Nonetheless, the circumstances may hardly be harder.
For starters, the Pelicans are in the midst of an prolonged harm disaster.
Lonzo Ball and Zion Williamson returned over the previous two video games, however Stan Van Gundy remains to be with out Brandon Ingram, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Kira Lewis Jr., and now probably Jaxson Hayes after a possible ankle harm in opposition to the Hawks. Ingram nonetheless has an opportunity of enjoying in opposition to Brooklyn.
Then, there’s additionally the small matter of the Nets’ dominance. It doesn’t really feel just like the Nets have performed their finest basketball and even fully gelled as a crew, however they’re nonetheless second within the Japanese Convention, tied with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Nets have not often performed with all three of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving accessible on the identical time, however their depth and simply normal basketball skill borders the ridiculous. Over the previous month alone, they’ve added two former all-stars in Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge to their squad. Simply one thing mild, I assume.
On prime of that, the Pelicans have the “luck” of going to the Barclays Heart on what’s going to more than likely be Kevin Durant’s return to motion. Durant has not performed since February 13 on account of a hamstring harm. On the flip aspect, Harden won’t play after sustaining a proper hamstring pressure within the Nets’ final recreation.
With that being stated, listed below are three issues to be careful for when the New Orleans Pelicans tackle the Brooklyn Nets: