NBA Preview and Prediction: Magic vs Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans will host the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night in what was supposed to be a matchup of two up-and-coming teams in the NBA this season, but both have had a rough start to the 2015-16 season still searching for their first win.
The Magic (0-3) will continue that search in the middle contest of a three-game road trip. It’s also their second game in a span of five of six away from home. Orlando has dropped each game by five points or less, the first an 88-87 loss to Washington in which it coughed up a late lead and the second a 139-136 double-overtime defeat to Oklahoma City.
Their third game was a 92-87 loss to the Bulls in which head coach Scott Skiles voiced his displeasure, “We were just lethargic on both ends,” he said. “Most of the game we just weren’t here tonight.”
Orlando’s offense has been up-and-down to start the year, scoring 136 points against Oklahoma City but then dropping a dud against Chicago making 38.9 percent of its shots, 30.4 percent of its 3-pointers and 58.8 percent from the free-throw line.
New Orleans (0-3) hopes to see that struggling offense after lining up against one of the NBA’s best in two of its first three games. The Pelicans have allowed at least 111 points in each contest, including a 111-95 loss to Golden State in the opener last week and a 134-120 defeat to the Warriors on Saturday.
Opposing teams are shooting nearly 50% from the field and 41% from three-point range. Injuries have made it difficult for first-year coach Alvin Gentry to find consistency in his lineups. Omer Asik (right calf) and Luke Babbitt (left hamstring) returned over the weekend, but Tyreke Evans (right knee), Norris Cole (left ankle sprain) and Quincy Pondexter (left knee) remain out. Starting point guard Jrue Holiday is playing on a minutes restriction for a lower leg injury and he is not 100%.
“The injuries are the thing that knocked everything off track,” said Gentry, whose team has won six of its last seven home games against Orlando. “Hopefully we get everybody back eventually and we’re not going to panic. We don’t think that we have the wrong system.”
It will not continue to be such a bad season for New Orleans who still has All-World Anthony Davis on the team. The 6’10 PF/C is averaging 23 points 10 rebounds and 2 blocks a night. It would not be surprising to see those numbers increase throughout the season as well.
Orlando is on the verge of dropping its first four games for the second straight season, while New Orleans last started 0-4 when it lost its first eight in 2004-05.
I believe the Pelicans will earn their first win at home as the Magic have trouble stopping Davis in the paint.
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