NOP vs OKC Dream11: Having lost the last two games, Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking to return to winning ways when they visit fellow Western Conference rivals New Orleans Pelicans for a regular-season match to be played at Smoothie King Center on Friday morning (IST).
Pelicans know this is an important game for them and they are hard-pressed more for a win, despite the OKC losing the last two games. The reason being the both team’s current position and record at this moment. The Thunder are 7th but have a huge 10-game advantage over Pelicans in the playoff race, while the Pelicans are 11th in the Western Conference standings and can’t afford to drop games if they are to keep their post-season hopes alive and kicking.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Oklahoma City Thunder team news:
New Orleans Pelicans: The Pelicans will miss the services of Kenrich Williams as he continues to recover from a back injury. Darius Miller (Achilles tendon injury), meanwhile, is a long-term injury absentee for the Pelicans and remains out with no timetable return.
In addition, Brandon Ingram will be a game-time call due to an ankle injury.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Darius Bazley picked up a knee injury against the Boston Celtics last Sunday and is out of this game. Andre Roberson remains out as well with a knee injury.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Oklahoma City Thunder starting five:
New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson, Josh Hart, Derrick Favors, Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday
Oklahoma City Thunder: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, Steven Adams, Chris Paul, Luguentz Dort
Grand League tips:
New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson, Josh Hart, Derrick Favors, Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, Nicolo Melli, Frank Jackson, JJ Redick, E’Twaun Moore, Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker
Oklahoma City Thunder: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, Steven Adams, Chris Paul, Luguentz Dort, Dennis Schroder, Terrance Ferguson, Abdel Nader, Hamidou Diallo, Nerlens Noel, Mike Muscala
NOP vs OKC Dream11 teams:
PG: Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder, Jrue Holiday (SP)
SG: JJ Redick
SF: Terance Ferguson
PF: Zion Williamson
C: Nerlens Noel, Derrick Favors
PG: L Dort, Jrue Holiday
SG: Josh Hart
SF: Brandon Ingram (SP)
PF: Danilo Gallinari
C: Nerlens Noel, Derrick Favors, Steven Adams