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The Pelicans’ efforts have been lambasted as of late, by head coach Stan Van Gundy. On the other end, the Nets will likely be playing without two of their big three once again.
New Orleans Pelicans def. Brooklyn Nets
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|Brooklyn Nets vs New Orleans Pelicans Information|
|What||Brooklyn Nets vs New Orleans Pelicans|
|Where||Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA|
|When||7:30 PM EST, April 20th, 2021|
|How to Watch||TNT|
|Brooklyn Nets||Head-to-Head||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Steve Nash||Head Coach||Stan Van Gundy|
|38-19 (2nd in East)||Standing||25-32 (11th in West)|
|118.3 (2nd of 30)||Off Rtg||114.5 (9th of 30)|
|113.7 (26th of 30)||Def Rtg||115.1 (27th of 30)|
|99.5 (13th of 30)||Pace||99.1 (14th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|K. Durant, K. Irving (27.3)||PPG||Z. Williamson (26.8)|
|J. Harden (8.7)||RPG||S. Adams (9.1)|
|J. Harden (11.0)||APG||L. Ball (5.6)|
|J. Harden, K. Irving (1.3)||SPG||L. Ball (1.4)|
|K. Durant (1.3)||BPG||J. Johnson (1.3)|
|D. Jordan (.781)/K. Irving (10.4)||FG%/FGM||J. Hayes (.657)/Z. Williamson (10.3)|
|J. Harris (.477)/J. Harris (3.1)||3P%/3PM||J. Hayes (.500)/L. Ball (3.0)|
The Brooklyn Nets are shorthanded, likely missing James Harden and Kevin Durant for this matchup. Who can fill the scoring void is the question when they face the Pelicans.
After Durant left the Nets’ last game after just four minutes of play, it was Landry Shamet that stepped up with 30 points in 37 minutes of play. It was needed, as only two other Nets players scored 12 of more in a tough loss.
Brooklyn need more out of Blake Griffin. He’s only averaging 7.8 points per game with the Nets, but has a diverse offensive game that should produce more than it has. Asking the Nets role players to step up before him is unrealistic.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 18, 2021
Having to face down the Miami Heat without either of his All-Star partners, Irving struggled from the field. He won’t have any breaks in this match against the long and athletic Pelicans.
In his last game, Irving posted 20 points, nine assists, two blocks, and two steals on just 31.6% shooting from the field.
As the team’s only true individual scoring and playmaking threat without Harden and Durant on the court, Irving will have double duty on the offensive end.
Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy didn’t mince words when speaking about his Pelicans’ team’s inability to execute on the defensive side of the ball in their last matchup.
Despite having a six-point with under two minutes to go in the game, the Pelicans gave up two easy three-pointers that led to overtime and their eventual loss. Their defensive lapses are too regular for Van Gundy’s liking, and they’ll have a smaller margin for error against the Nets.
Brooklyn may be undermanned but they still managed to knock down 17 threes and shoot 47.6% from the field in their last game. Guards Eric Bledsoe and Lonzo Ball will have to step up their game on the defensive end if they hope to have a chance.
— NBA (@NBA) April 18, 2021
One of the few bright spots in their last matchup, Zion Williamson has been a near unstoppable force this season when he gets into the paint.
In the Pelicans’ loss to the New York Knicks, Williamson posted 34 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals on 13 of 23 shooting from the field.
The Nets have few options that can contest him in the paint, so he’ll have to be efficient in order to keep the Pelicans in the game. Improving on his three-point shooting would buoy their chances as well, as he’s failed to convert from behind the arc in his last seven games.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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