New Orleans Pelicans Preview: Pelicans Duel Minnesota Timberwolves

Nov 23, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Tim Frazier (2) handles the ball during the first quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 23, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Tim Frazier (2) handles the ball during the first quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans will look to rebound off of an embarrassing loss two nights ago on the road tonight, as they face the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The New Orleans Pelicans can not be happy with their embarrassing loss Wednesday night to the Utah Jazz.

After giving up 127 points in a 33-point loss, the Pelicans will need to respond quickly and with authority. That is, if they want to calm those already claiming their season a lost cause.

They will get that chance tonight, against a team that is starting to deal with a plethora of injuries.

The Minnesota Timberwolves.

Minnesota has the exact same record as the Pelicans do (20-33) through the first 53 games. Neither team is expected to make the playoffs this year and are seen a few years from real contention.

Minnesota is currently dealing with major injuries to a good portion of their roster. Zach LaVine and Nikola Pekovic are out for the season, while Kris Dunn and Adrien Payne have been out for extended periods of time.

This has caused the T-Wolves to sign former Pelican of this year Lance Stephenson to a 10-day contract, to remedy the situation. Lance will likely play in tonight’s game and will be a fun story, against the team he used to play for a few months ago.

For the New Orleans Pelicans to win this game, they will need to rely on their superstars in Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday outplaying the superstars in Minnesota in Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

If they can do that, New Orleans will be in great shape for a much needed rebound victory.

Nov 23, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore (55) goes up for a shot during the third quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Smoothie King Center. New Orleans Pelicans won 117-96. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 23, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore (55) goes up for a shot during the third quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Smoothie King Center. New Orleans Pelicans won 117-96. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Who, When and How to Watch

When and Where: The game will be played at 7:00 PM CST in Minnesota.

How To Watch: The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports New Orleans and NBA League Pass.

Injuries: 

New OrleansQuincy Pondexter (Left Knee) is out. Tyreke Evans (Ankle) is questionable.

Minnesota: Kris Dunn (Hand) is questionable. Zach LaVine (ACL), Nikola Pekovic (Ankle) and Adreian Payne (illness) are out.

Probable Starting Lineups:

New Orleans: PG Jrue Holiday, SG Buddy Hield, SF Solomon Hill, PF Dante Cunningham, C Anthony Davis

Minnesota: PG Ricky Rubio, SG Brandon Rush, SF Andrew Wiggins, PF Gorgui Dieng, C Karl Anthony-Towns

Other Players to Watch: 

New Orleans: E’Twaun MooreTyreke Evans, Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas and Langston Galloway

Minnesota: Tyus Jones, Lance Stephenson, Shabazz Mohammed, Nemanja Bjelica and Cole Aldrich

What’s Next for the Pelicans?

The New Orleans Pelicans will stay on the road, as they travel to Sacramento Sunday Night to play the Kings. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. CST.

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