The NBA is set up with another solid slate of basketball throughout May 3. Eight games will be up on the board throughout Monday night. One of these matchups will be between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans. These two teams are looking for a playoff spot late, which should lead to an exciting game. This one will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time on ESPN.
Golden State has earned a record of 32-32 throughout this season, which has them sitting in a tie for ninth place of the Western Conference. The Warriors are only half a game back on Memphis and will look to pass them with a win in this one. Golden State has won three of their last five. The Warriors will look to keep that up in this one.
The Pelicans have put up a record of 29-35 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in eleventh place of the Western Conference. New Orleans is three games back on the tenth seed and will look to close that gap with a win in this one. The Pelicans have won back to back games. New Orleans will look to increase that winning streak on Monday night.
These two teams are in a race for the final playoff spot in the West. Golden State and San Antonio are ninth and tenth, while the Pelicans are trying to slip in. New Orleans will look to gain with a big win against the Warriors in this one. If either team can set the pace early, it could be enough to earn the win in this matchup.
The Warriors and Pelicans met up four times last season. New Orleans hosted the first game of the season series on October 28. Brandon Ingram dropped 27 points and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough. Stephen Curry scored 26 points and 11 assists, while D’Angelo Russell added 24 points. Draymond Green had 16 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists as Golden State won 134-123.
New Orleans hosted the second game of the season series on November 17. Eric Paschall dropped 30 points, but this time the Warriors fell short. J.J. Redick scored 26 points, while Jrue Holiday added another 22 points and 9 assists. Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 19 points off the bench as the Pelicans earned a 108-100 win.
The third game of the season series shifted to Golden State on December 20. Brandon Ingram and Jrue Holiday both scored 25 points, but it was not enough for New Orleans. D’Angelo Russell dropped 25 points, while Damion Lee finished with 20 points. Alec Burks added 18 points off the bench to help give the Warriors a 106-102 win.
The fourth and final game of the season series was in Golden State on February 23. Damion Lee put up 22 points and Jordan Poole scored 19. This time the Warriors lost though. Zion Williamson dropped 28 points, while Jrue Holiday finished with 23 points and 15 assists. Nicolo Melli added 20 points off the bench to help lift the Pelicans to a 115-101 win on the road.
Field Goal Shooting
Golden State has been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. The Warriors have made around 46.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 17th in the NBA. Golden State has also been shooting 37.4 percent from deep, which is 9th in the league. The Warriors have sunk 77.8 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 14th in the NBA.
The Pelicans have been up and down shooting the ball so far this season. New Orleans has drained 48.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 5th in the league. The Pelicans have been making 35.1 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 23rd in the NBA. New Orleans has shot 73.2 percent from the charity stripe, which is 29th in the league.
New Orleans has been better from the field and in close, while the Warriors are better from deep and at the free throw line. Golden State also holds the edge on defense in this one. The Warriors have allowed opposing teams to shoot 45.4 percent from the field, which is 5th in the NBA. The Pelicans have held their opponents to a 46.9 percent from the field, which is 19th in the league.
Stephen Curry has come back with a vengeance this season. Curry has averaged 31.5 points and 6 assists throughout this season. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 18 points per game as the second option. Jordan Poole has averaged 11 points per game. The Warriors are without Kelly Oubre Jr., James Wiseman and Eric Paschall in this one though.
Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram have both been the leaders for New Orleans this season. Williamson is averaging 27 points and 7 rebounds per game. Ingram has averaged 24 points per game. Lonzo Ball is averaging 14.5 points and 6 assists per game. Eric Bledsoe helps round out the lineup, averaging 12 points per game.
Golden State has been hit hard with injuries as of late, which could hurt them down the stretch. The Pelicans are still without Nickeil Alexander-Walker, which has hurt them down the stretch. Both teams will look for players to step up in this one as they look for an important win on Monday night. The Warriors will need a bit night from Curry, while New Orleans will look for Williamson and Ingram to dominate.
The Pelicans are looking to make a final push for a playoff spot, which I think they can do in this one. Golden State has been the better team this season, but they have been racking in the injuries as of late. I think that New Orleans can take advantage of that early to earn a win in this one. If the Pelicans can attack in the paint, I think they will grab an important win on Monday night.
BetOnline has New Orleans listed as a -1 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Pelicans at home. I agree with this line as New Orleans is healthier and deeper entering this game. If Bledsoe can slow down Curry early, I think Williamson and Ingram can control the paint. I am taking the Pelicans to cover in this one.